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Pai drops Trump executive order to amend Section 230

Pai drops Trump executive order to amend Section 230
© Greg Nash

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit PaiAjit PaiTwo telemarketers fined record 5M for robocalls How 'zonecasting' could harm minority neighborhoods Huawei wants appeals court to overturn FCC's national security ban MORE will not move forward with rulemaking on President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE’s executive order targeting a key online liability law, he said Thursday.

Pai said on C-SPAN’s "The Communicators" that there is not enough time left in the Trump administration to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Action, which grants internet companies liability protection for content posted by third parties and good faith moderation.

“Given that reality, I do not believe it's appropriate to move forward,” he said, according to an edited transcript of the interview from Protocol.

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Pai had announced in October that the agency would be moving forward with the executive order.

That decision drew harsh criticism from the two Democrats on the commission, as well as lawmakers who questioned the FCC’s ability to clarify the meaning of laws in the way that the order demanded.

Pai is set to step down from the agency at the beginning of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE’s term, and with Democrats set to control the Senate, they will now be able to confirm a nominee to give them a 3-2 advantage on the FCC.

The last FCC meeting with Pai in charge is set for next Wednesday.