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President Trump Signs Executive Order Against Social Media Outlets

first_imgIn terms of the original tweets regarding the mail-in ballots, the president tweeted this follow-up on Thursday:So ridiculous to see Twitter trying to make the case that Mail-In Ballots are not subject to FRAUD. How stupid, there are examples, & cases, all over the place. Our election process will become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the World. Tell that to your hater @yoyoel— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020 President Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday afternoon, two days after Twitter issued a fact check on two tweets the president authored.The executive order removes liability protection for websites such as Facebook and Twitter, opening such platforms to lawsuits.Mr. Trump has relied on Twitter as a frequent communication tool since before his 2016 presidential campaign. He has also used it to make official announcements.“There’s nothing I’d rather do than get rid of my whole Twitter account,” Trump said Thursday, shortly before signing the order.On Tuesday, Twitter flagged several of the president’s tweets about mail-in ballots for potentially misleading information.In response, he tweeted:….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020 Trump’s order directs federal agencies to reexamine some of the legal protections that social media companies currently have under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for content posted by their users.Specifically, the executive order requests clarification from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the conditions under which restricting access to content is determined to be done in “good faith” and protected by the law.The order also directs federal agencies to stop paying in order to advertise on platforms that “violate free speech principles” and reestablishes the White House “Tech Bias Reporting Tool.” That means complaints can be collected from users and forwarded to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC could then report publicly on the complaints and possibly pursue lawsuits against the companies.last_img read more

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