FCC Makes HUGE Announcement About Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover
(RepublicanPress.org) – Elon Musk’s bid to purchase Twitter drew mixed responses from politicos. Republicans praised the decision by Twitter’s board to accept the offer, calling it a victory for free speech. Inversely, Democrats cried foul, with some of them calling on federal regulators to block the purchase. But, as it turns out, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials recently confirmed they wouldn’t interfere with Musk’s planned Twitter buyout.
On Monday, May 2, FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington released a statement addressing Musk’s plan to purchase Twitter. He explained the FCC lacks the authority to block the purchase under the United States Code or through internal FCC regulations.
Some have suggested that the FCC can and should block the sale of @Twitter to @elonmusk. It has no legal authority to do so and should not try. Full statement: https://t.co/oXjaUHZnwB pic.twitter.com/R4i8IX5THs
— Nathan Simington (@SimingtonFCC) May 2, 2022
Simington wrote that even if the FCC could halt the sellout, “it would be inappropriate and contrary to… public interest to block [the sale].” Instead, as he explained, the more appropriate response would be for the FCC to “applaud” Musk’s effort to remedy a situation the federal government failed to address — “the trend toward curated and [moderated] speech.”
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) April 28, 2022
On April 27, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr issued a similar statement to Simington’s in response to a demand to block the sale lodged by the Open Markets Institute, a Washington DC-based liberal think tank. He said it was “absurd” to suggest the commission had the authority to interfere with Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
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