Trump Signs Executive Order After Twitter Debacle

The move represents the latest attempt by Donald Trump to use the tools of the Presidency to force private companies to change policies that he believes are not favourable to him

President Donald Trump's executive order, meant to get the federal government more involved in regulating social media sites like Twitter, won't accomplish much and would be bad public policy, according to many experts on the law of the Internet. With Section 230 protection, those platforms can host that content without being held individually responsible for whether that content is legal under any other definition - i.e. if someone does something criminal on your platform, the person is responsible instead of the platform.

It states that by restricting certain content, the online services are "engaged in editorial conduct" and as a result should lose any protection from liability.

That law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is essential to large social platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, the kind of companies the president has long accused, without evidence, of engaging in anti-conservative censorship.

In a signing event, Trump said the action is designed "to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers" while adding that Twitter, Facebook, and Google have "unchecked power". Trump, who has over 80 million followers on Twitter, had claimed that "mail-in-ballots used during the presidential elections will be "fraudulent". The executive order may come as early as Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news briefing that the executive order could be released on Thursday.

No. Only Congress can change Section 230. The FCC primarily spends its time regulating the nation's broadband access and telecommunications infrastructure.

This week isn't the first time Zuckerberg and Dorsey have been at odds about how to handle political speech on their respective platforms. Our top priority should be connecting all Americans to high-quality, affordable broadband.

Zuckerberg Accuses Twitter Of Abusing Power, Trump Talks Regulation 05/29/2020
It attacks online platforms for damaging free expression by being able to "hand-pick the speech that Americans may access". That could open the door for users to sue social media platforms if they feel their posts were restricted inappropriately.

Some call it the foundation of the open internet and online free speech. We must keep our focus on that essential work.

A Google spokeswoman told Newsweek the company relies on "clear content policies and we enforce them without regard to political viewpoint". But there's a high likelihood that any action taken against companies by either group would hit a strong legal rebuttal.

Twitter, which is repeatedly named in the draft of the executive order, declined to comment. "And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make", he tweeted. "It stands to undermine a variety of government efforts to protect public safety and spread critical information online through social media and threatens the vibrancy of a core segment of our economy". And that can both score him some political points with his supporters, while potentially creating a chilling effect with companies that want to avoid the process of getting into a legal battle over Section 230. Facebook was accused of bias against conservatives based on the words of an anonymous former contractor who said the company downplayed conservative issues in that feature and promoted liberal causes. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Federal spending on online advertising will also be reviewed by U.S. government agencies to ensure there are no speech restrictions by the relevant platform.

The protections were put in place in 1996 to allow the internet to grow without fears of lawsuits over what is posted online.

"I think, in general, private companies, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that".

In response, Trump baselessly claimed Wednesday that social media platforms "totally silence conservatives' voices" and threatened to "strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen".

Related News:

Most liked

Novak Djokovic planning series of tournaments set in the Balkans
Belgrade will host the first leg on June 13 and 13 before they move to the coastal resort of Zadar in Croatia on June 20 and 21. Djokovic added that matches in Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina have not yet been 100 per cent confirmed.

I don’t think this year’s Ryder Cup will happen: McIlroy
Luke Donald believes a Ryder Cup held without spectators could give Europe the edge over the United States. Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter .

Biden hopes to pick VP by August 1
While Biden wore a mask on Monday, the president did not put one on as he attended two Memorial Day public events. Trump counters that he is the leader who can preside over an economic rebound later this year or in 2021.

CVS opening 16 self-swab, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in MI
Patients must register in advance of picking up a test at beginning Friday to schedule an appointment. CVS Health is opening a COVID-19 testing site in the City of Lansing.

Boeing to lay off 6,770 more US employees
The pandemic worsened a crisis for the company in which the 737 MAX was grounded past year after the second of two fatal crashes. The manufacturer is rolling out more than a dozen initiatives aimed at improving safety and quality on its 737 assembly lines.

Task force recommends easing of Manila lockdown
Confirmed cases in the preceding six days comprised nearly 11 per cent of the total 15,049 recorded, of which 904 led to deaths. Duterte also praised the Education Department's alternative learning methods that will reach the students amid the pandemic.

Trump criticizes reporter in mask, despite his administration’s coronavirus guideline
Trump has repeatedly said any death from COVID-19 is tragic. "States should open up ASAP", Trump tweeted Tuesday. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits.

Representative comments on Odion Ighalo situation amid Newcastle United speculation
The manager of the 30-year-old striker, Ladi Salami, has hinted that the Nigerian striker might end up remaining in the UK. United might have to finish their Premier League season at neutral grounds as the authorities try to ensure player safety.

Hancock County reports another COVID-19-related hospitalization
Dauphin County has three new deaths reported at 66 and over 1,100 cases, and Juniata remains with 95 cases and four deaths. Only six new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Valley, but Pennsylvania's death toll has increased over 100 again.

USA coronavirus death toll crosses 100,000
Europe has recorded about 170,000 deaths, while the US reached more than 100,000 in less than four months. The first USA infection was reported in Washington State on 21 January.

After silence, Trump marks 100,000 United States coronavirus deaths in tweet
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Biden won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest collection of labor unions. Joe Biden and his wife leave the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park on Memorial Day.

Ontario reports 383 new COVID-19 cases today
That is my commitment to our long-term care residents, to staff who care for them, their families and to the people of Ontario". Ontarians will also have to hold off on dining out as bars and restaurants will remain restricted to takeout and delivery.

Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina
Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce declined to answer questions about the hasty bid and instead referred questions to Shafer. Brian Kemp offered up his state as the site for the convention if the RNC pulls out its stakes in North Carolina.

Hundreds in USA demand justice for George Floyd
Surveillance video from a nearby restaurant shows the first contact that police had with George Floyd in Minneapolis. Mr Floyd's death comes on the heels of two other deaths of African-Americans that involved police wrongdoing.

COVID deaths in U.S. approach 100000 as many states are reopening
And despite the progress we've seen so far, hundreds of people in the USA are still dying from coronavirus each day. It's equivalent to the entire population of mid-sized cities like Albany, N.Y. or Boca Raton, Fla.