Political news map: The Trump White House says it won’t allow companies to sell videos and other content on Facebook after its latest video-sharing proposal failed in Congress.
In a letter to congressional leaders Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it will allow companies selling video and other videos on the platform to sell them on their own website.
The move, announced Thursday night, is a response to a request by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said the government should allow videos to be sold on the site without restrictions, Politico reported.
The move comes after the House approved the House Republican version of the House bill to repeal the Obama-era Stop Online Piracy Act, a law that the administration says is responsible for driving up the cost of online piracy.
The administration says that the legislation would create an effective online copyright regime that would allow businesses to legally make money from selling video on Facebook.
The company says the bills, which passed the House with a vote of 234 to 179, would have stopped the “overbroad” and “unnecessary” government restrictions that the companies have been arguing against.
The House bill would have required websites like Facebook to block access to videos hosted on its platform by those that are not “essential” to a site’s business, such as news or health information.
It also would have blocked websites from advertising on the sites they host.
Facebook, for its part, said the House version of its bill would create a “dangerous, ineffective, and counterproductive online copyright system that would unfairly inhibit innovative new businesses and websites from growing and expanding.”
In a statement, the company said the legislation, which would have given the U.S. Copyright Office more power to enforce copyright laws, “does not advance the public interest and will not create jobs, grow the economy, or create jobs that help address the problems our nation is facing.”
The Senate version of that bill also would not have required companies to block online content.
Instead, the Senate version would have allowed companies to post “limited content” without having to remove the videos themselves, a move that the White House and Facebook say would “encourage innovation and free speech.”
In the House, Republicans pushed a bill that would have banned the administration from imposing any type of restrictions on Facebook and would have expanded the Copyright Office’s authority to enforce the law.
The Senate bill, which was passed by the House but was not considered by the Senate in January, would also have allowed the Copyright Enforcement Division to investigate copyright infringement.
In January, the Trump administration issued an order blocking the Copyright Administration from conducting investigations into copyright infringement, arguing that the Copyright Review Board should not be responsible for determining whether a particular video is infringing on copyright.