There’s always something when it comes to Donald Trump.
Trump is making attempts to rig the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC).
The decision is born out of spite to replace a current member of the commission, to someone he’s more familiar with.
This is on the grounds that the individual disagreed with his executive order on social media.
Trump nominated White House official, Nathan Simington.
Currently, Simington occupies a role at the NTIA.
The NTIA stands for National Telecommunications Information Administration.
Last week, The Verge reported that Nathan is in the game of trying to take over from Mike O’Reilly.
He’s a Republican that currently occupies the role of the commissioner of FCC.
Petty Donald Trump
If you observe the situation closely, Trump has no justifiable reason to make this decision.
It is simply on the grounds that O’Reilly disagreed with his order against social media platforms.
Just in case you were unaware, O’Reilly was nominated and re-nominated by Trump.
However, in August, Trump withdrew his re-nomination for O’Reilly.
What was the order for anyway?
In Trump’s petty and controversial nature, the order was against Twitter after they checked and balanced him for a tweet he made.
This is pretty much no different from what he’s doing to O’Reilly.
Someone disagrees with you, you take it to the max.
He is now trying to ensure that amends are made to Section 230.
Section 230 is from the 1996 Communications Decency Act.
The act ensures that internet companies are protected from being responsible for a post/content made by a user.
The act also gives internet companies the liberty of moderating their own platforms.
Just a week before Trump turned his back on O’Reilly, O’Reilly aired out by saying Trump’s order may violate the laws of the first amendment.
The first amendment is to protect these companies from the limits of freedom of speech.
The amendment applies to government and not, private individuals.
All requirements for the demand of private individuals to publish speeches in a certain type of way, should be rejected, in the name of the First amendment.
No surprise here
It’s absolutely no surprise that Simington is a hundred percent on board with Trump.
According to The Washington Post, Simington reportedly helped draft the order.
Based on the order, the NTIA is to submit a petition to the FCC.
The petition was submitted as at the 27th of July, 2020.
All things being equal, Trump would need five members of the FCC to sign this petition.
For now, we can’t say exactly what the turn out of this order will be.
Will it fly? Will it not? We just have to wait and find out.
Right now, only one person has signed off on the petition.
That’s Brendan Carr, a Republican. One down, four more to go.
Notwithstanding, if we’re to say, we don’t see Trump’s order being brought to life.
Why? If you look at it logically, out of the five members of the FCC, two are Democrats.
However, for obvious reasons, they both oppose the order.
As we stated before, O’Reilly is a member and he opposes.
Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC is also yet to publicly pick a side.