“FCC chairman’s bind: Defend Trump or free speech”


POLITICO

“FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is facing increasing pressure to distance himself from President Donald Trump’s threats against NBC — a course of action that would risk provoking the president’s Twitter-fueled wrath.

Democrats have refused to let the issue die in recent days, with FCC Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel warning in a weekend television appearance that “history won’t be kind to silence” on Trump’s threats to the First Amendment. Pai could confront public questions about the issue as soon as Tuesday at a telecom law event in Washington, forcing him to choose between his longstanding defense of freedom of speech and the man who made him chairman.” MORE

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“Cut the shawl talk: Chinese censors wipe Putin’s move on China’s First Lady”


CNN

China's similar First Lady is seen accepting a shawl from Russian President Putin which she quickly slips off.
China’s similar First Lady is seen accepting a shawl from Russian President Putin which she quickly slips off.

TWITTER CENSORSHIP!


Twitter, a tool of choice for dissidents and activists around the world, found itself the target of global outrage Friday after unveiling plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that might break local laws.

It was a stunning role reversal for a youthful company that prides itself in promoting unfettered expression, 140 characters at a time. Twitter insisted its commitment to free speech remains firm, and sought to explain the nuances of its policy, while critics — in a barrage of tweets — proposed a Twitter boycott and demanded that the censorship initiative be scrapped. [AP: David Crary]