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FCC challenges ruling on 'fleeting expletives'

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Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission asked the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to reconsider its ruling against their indecency policy on “fleeting expletives” heard on broadcasts, Reuters reports.

On July 13, the Second Circuit Court determined the policy was unconstitutionally vague, ruling that it threatened other acceptable speech. Fox and CBS Broadcasting are among others who challenged a 2004 FCC ruling that on-air expletives that were not bleeped out were punishable offenses.

FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick said the panel’s decision against the FCC “threatens to have a wide-ranging adverse impact on the FCC’s ability to enforce federal statutory restrictions on the broadcast of indecent material.”