Communications Act of 1934

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The Communications Act of 1934 is a law signed on June 19, 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt. The act replaced the Federal Radio Commission with the Federal Communications Commission as well as transferred regulation of telephone services from the ICC to the newly created FCC. The act was updated in 1996 through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which contained the amendment known as the Communications Decency Act.

The Communications Decency Act added section 230, which provides a legal "safe harbor" for content systems that host third party user content. Several prominent conservative legislators have taken aim at section 230 of the CDA as a way to resolve Shadow banning and censorship of conservative voices by online platforms. Facebook is an example of this.

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