The Trump administration may have to start looking for ways to address “fake news” in its effort to counter fake news about the Trump presidency, as it looks to put a new emphasis on social media platforms.
The rules, set to go into effect Jan. 6, may also require the Social Security Administration to develop a national strategy to combat fake news.
The new standards, which are being implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), were created by the White House to combat “fake, distorted or deceptive news” and other content that has “irreparably harmed” the president.
The White House is also looking to push for more information about “fake or misleading news” on social networks.
It wants the rules to be more “sensible” and “consistent with the First Amendment,” according to a draft of the rules released Tuesday.
Trump himself has been accused of being an “anti-media” figure by a number of outlets, including The Atlantic, Salon and the New York Times, which accused him of being a “prophet” who “loves to attack, intimidate and threaten journalists and the media,” according for example to the Times.
The FCC, meanwhile, has been under pressure to crack down on fake news over the last year as its leadership has tried to tamp down on misinformation and propaganda.
The Federal Communications Agency (FCA), in its draft rules, was tasked with establishing “a comprehensive and comprehensive set of rules” to combat misinformation, and has been working to craft the rules in line with the principles of the First Amendement, the agency said.
“We expect that the Commission will identify additional criteria that it considers necessary to support its goals and will develop guidance that identifies these new criteria and guides the Commission’s actions,” the FCC said in its document.
The first rule would require all “noncommercial entities” to “identify, report, and correct factual errors and omissions” in their content.
“The Commission will also consider all media outlets to identify and report on credible information that they receive that could be used in the development or execution of its regulations,” the rule said.
The rule would also require broadcasters to publish “all material that appears in news, entertainment, or informational media, including but not limited to social media posts.”
Other rules would require “the Commission to adopt guidelines on the collection, dissemination and distribution of factual information that could identify credible information and that may be used to inform regulatory decisions.”
The FCC also wants the FCC to set up a task force to “evaluate ways to protect public health, safety and welfare,” “ensure that information is not used to identify or target individuals or groups based on their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
“The President’s Twitter account and the Department of Education’s websites should be the first target of this Task Force, which should include all the public and private sector entities that rely on and are responsible for providing content on these platforms,” the commission said in the document.
In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that the agency would “continue to work with stakeholders to develop more robust regulatory solutions to this complex problem.”
The president has been tweeting on his official account, @POTUS, which has been criticized for promoting fake news, and frequently criticizes the media for covering the government.
In May, Trump retweeted a tweet from a fake news website, which had a picture of a “bunch of sycophants” being attacked by “bashing journalists” who were trying to discredit the president in a “false flag” attack, according to Politico.
The tweet was later deleted.
“Fake news is the enemy of truth,” Trump said in that tweet.