Sunday, August 18, 2019

FCC fines Jimmy Kimmel for fake "emergency broadcast" intended to make fun of Trump


The FCC has fined Jimmy Kimmel over $400000 for broadcasting an emergency broadcast tone as a jole when there was no emergency, as a way to make fun of Donald Trump. The same has happened with "The Walking Dead". 


This is illegal over broadcast or cable services.  Buzzfeed News reported the story, and the FCC has a specific warning.  It could cause confusion among consumers and emergency services.  I don't know if this applies to social media livestreams, but it probably does. 
    
But the incident does underscore the concern some people may have over giving the FCC more censorship powers in Trump’s proposed executive order.

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