The Federal Communications Commission is being accused of stonewalling after reportedly refusing a Freedom of Information request focusing on an infamous video the agency released in December.
“The video in question features FCC Chairperson Ajit Pai demonstrating all of the things you can ‘still do on the Internet after net neutrality’ including upload to Instagram and (apparently) dance with a lightsaber to ‘Harlem Shake,'” CNET reports. “It was produced in conjunction with conservative news site The Daily Caller.”
The report says JPat Brown, the executive editor of MuckRock, filed an FOI request seeking emails that went into the planning behind the video. Brown says his request was turned down on the basis that it would “foreseeably harm the staff’s ability to execute its functions by freely discussing relevant matters.”
CNET notes that the video surfaced on YouTube one day before the FCC voted to repeal the Obama administration’s net neutrality legislation.
“The ‘Harlem Shake’ meme is now ancient in Internet years, having debuted in 2013, and the song’s creator even considered suing the FCC for copyright infringement,” CNET reports.
Here’s the video …