Background

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.

The FCC has two databases that contain complaints submitted to them for possible investigation. This includes the FCC Enforcement Bureau Database and the FCC Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau database.

Under the FOIA, you can request a search of both databases for keywords/phrases. In this particular case, I submitted a request in November 2019 for complaints containing the phrase “Fake News.”

Below, you will find more than 1,800 complaints about various people, news stories and networks.

Document Archive

FCC Complaints About “Fake News” Through November 2019 [1,806 Pages, 5MB]

 

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