Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai accused Twitter of endangering the open Internet, implying the microblogging platform is a significantly bigger threat to it than his controversial proposal of repealing the 2015 net neutrality rules is. During his speech held at R Street Institute-hosted Washington event on Tuesday, Pai said Twitter has a fixed set of beliefs and uses them to “discriminate” against people and entities on its platform, suggesting that Twitter’s service policy is “part of the problem” and possibly even more dangerous than whatever throttling Internet service providers may implement should the net neutrality rules be repealed.
Twitter is just one of many tech companies that have publicly advocated against the repeal of the Title II regulations which prevent ISPs from discriminating against any domains and are forcing them to treat all data equally, i.e. ensure users can access all online content equally quickly. Pai’s Tuesday remarks were also partially dedicated to mocking celebrities like Alyssa Milano who previously criticized his proposal. The FCC will vote and likely approve the polarizing repeal of 2015 rules on December 14th.