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U.S. regulator says Silicon Valley is threat to internet

Staff Writer |
A top U.S. regulator, defending an effort to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules, said that large internet platforms represent the biggest threat to online freedom because they routinely block "content they don't like."

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai delivered remarks days after unveiling a proposal to reverse a hotly contested 2015 rule requiring broadband firms to treat all online traffic equally.

Pai said internet platforms—he singled out Twitter—play a more significant role than broadband operators in determining what internet users see.

"Despite all the talk about the fear that broadband providers could decide what internet content consumers can see, recent experience shows that so-called edge providers are in fact deciding what content they see," Pai said.

"These providers routinely block or discriminate against content they don't like."

He said Twitter "appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users' accounts as opposed to those of liberal users," Pai said. "This conduct is many things, but it isn't fighting for an open internet."

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