Skip to comments.'We're Fed Up With It': Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Curtailing Social Media Companies
Posted on 05/28/2020 1:42:16 PM PDT by Helicondelta
Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants.
The US president is engaged in a public feud with the companies, which he has accused of censoring free speech and bias, and said: "We're fed up with it."
It comes as Twitter flagged one of Mr Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots in California with a fact-check warning.
The executive order points out that social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, should forgo their legal immunity from the law, should they edit users' content on their platforms.
Currently, Section 230 offers legal protections to social media platforms, and makes it clear that those companies are not responsible for the content posted on their sites, and therefore should not interfere with it.
However, they are allowed to act when content is violent or harassment.
The order will direct executive branch agencies to speak to independent rule-making agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commissioner, to look at whether new regulations can be enforced on the Silicon Valley giants.
Mr Trump argues that the fact-checking on his tweets amounts to "editorial decisions" by Twitter, adding is akin to political activism.
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AMEN! Best. President. EVER!
POTUS should get off Twitter. Go to a different platform. But he would be accused of having a financial interest in wherever he goes.
From what I read there I am not quite clear that this actually does anything.
And the war begins.
This is a sticky issue.
First of all, the old phrase “no shirt, no shoes, no service” comes to mind here. Can’t Instagram and Facebook and Twitter simply refuse service to someone? I don’t think a person has a right to access these platforms. Those that do, do so under their rules.
Now, you have freedom of speech on the internet, but not freedom from consequence. Want to be unchecked? Start your own website or blog. You’re guaranteed the right to be able to do that. You’re not guaranteed that right on someone else’s brand.
Will be interesting to see it develop.
Agreed. Not sure he can do anything and not sure he did.
Its a free service not sure why they cant do what they want. Dont like the product leave. Its strange that people get upset at companies that offer their product for free.
Why not just let the reader do their own research and determine the real story/outcome?
Exactly. Some people just like to bitch. I can’t stomach CNN. So I don’t watch it. Problem solved.
Because people are ignorant, lazy and dumb. Ergo, they won’t.
...Facebook and Twitter simply refuse service to someone?
Hmmm. But cake decorators cant?
It’s not free. They scoop up all of your data that they possibly can and sell it.
When the product is free, YOU are actually the product.
They asked for it.
They got it.
Yes, you’re right.
Any link to the text of the Executive Order? It’s not on the White House site yet.
Has it been stopped by an Obama district court judge yet?
Did I understand the order correctly. It requires folks to talk to other folks in government to look to see if the rules are being followed?
What kind of order is this?
Did you forget the Sarc?
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