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Trump Jr. is berated for tweet about ‘Obama’s FCC’ chair, net ‘neutality’

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Twitter users pounced on Donald Trump Jr. Thursday for a tweet about the debate over net neutrality that featured a prominent typo and an apparent misconception about which president appointed the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. 

“I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality (sic) actually explain it in detail,” the president’s eldest son tweeted. “I’d bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week.” 

In addition to misspelling neutrality, Trump Jr. was mistaken in referring to Chairman Ajit Pai as “Obama’s FCC chairman.” Although Pai was appointed to the commission by former president Barack Obama, it was President Trump who made him chairman during his first days in the White House. 

Trump Jr. was referring to the protests by net neutrality proponents who were outraged by the repeal of a two-year-old set of rules passed during the Obama administration to protect consumers against bad behavior from their Internet service providers. The issue has been a topic of debate for years — to the point where in 2015 when the new rules were approved, more than 4 million people filed public comments with the FCC on the issue. 

More: Net neutrality rules are dead. Will my Internet bills go up?

Related: Net neutrality: The FCC voted to end it. What that means for you

Those who noticed the errors responded on Twitter with the kind of graciousness and magnanimity people have come to expect from the social media platform. 

 

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