FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is wrangling with net neutrality laws and has blasted Twitter Inc. (TWTR) .
While speaking at an event hosted by the R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network regarding the future of telecom policy and internet freedom, Pai said "Twitter is part of the problem."
"When it comes to an open Internet, Twitter is part of the problem," Pai said. "The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate."
Pai's comments come as the FCC is trying to rollback net neutrality laws enacted by the Obama administration. Net neutrality laws prevent internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T (T) , Verizon Communications (VZ) , and Comcast (CMCSA) from deliberately speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites.
Major internet companies like Twitter have opposed the rollback of these laws, but Pai believes these groups pose a more significant threat to the internet.
"Twitter blocked Representative Marsha Blackburn from advertising her Senate campaign launch video because it featured a pro-life message," he continued. "Before that, during the so-called Day of Action, Twitter warned users that a link to a statement by one company on the topic of Internet regulation 'may be unsafe.' And to say the least, the company appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users' accounts as opposed to those of liberal users. This conduct is many things, but it isn't fighting for an open Internet."
Shares of Twitter were lower in pre-market trading on Wednesday.
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