Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies’ Protections

The Trump administration is preparing an executive order intended to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for what gets posted on their platforms, two senior administration officials said early Thursday.

Such an order, which officials said was still being drafted and was subject to change, would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter are suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts, among other examples.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/us/politics/trump-executive-order-social-media.html

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Executive Order Is Expected to Curtail Protections for Social Media Companies
The Trump administration is preparing an executive order intended to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for what gets posted on their platforms, two senior administration officials said early Thursday.

Such an order, which officials said was still being drafted and was subject to change, would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter are suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts, among other examples.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/us/politics/trump-executive-order-social-media.html

Trump signs order that could punish social media companies for how they police content, drawing criticism and doubts of legality
President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that could open the door for the U.S. government to assume oversight of political speech on the Internet, a broadside against Silicon Valley that a wide array of critics derided as a threat to free speech.

The new directive seeks to change a federal law that has spared tech companies from being sued or held liable for most posts, photos and videos shared by users on their sites. Tech giants herald these protections, known as Section 230, as the bedrock of the Internet. But Trump repeatedly has argued they allow Facebook, Google and Twitter to censor conservatives with impunity — charges these companies deny.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/28/trump-social-media-executive-order/

All about Section 230, a rule that made the modern internet
Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today.

Those are the words President Donald Trump challenged in an executive order Thursday, one that would strip those protections if online platforms engaged in “editorial decisions” — including, in the president’s view, adding a fact-check warning to one of Trump’s tweets.
https://apnews.com/d3e09c4037e2fc17558492b9bdce1ecc

Section 230: The little law that defined how the Internet works
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday that could pave the way for federal regulators to punish tech companies for how they moderate content.

The draft order centers on Section 230, a law that is now more than 20 years old and that has helped define the way we all communicate on the Internet. It has been the subject of off-and-on controversy and has again been brought to the forefront of lawmakers’ attention by the Trump administration this year.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/28/what-is-section-230/

Trump’s Order on Social Media Could Harm One Person in Particular: Donald Trump
President Trump, who built his political career on the power of a flame-throwing Twitter account, has now gone to war with Twitter, angered that it would presume to fact-check his messages. But the punishment he is threatening could force social media companies to crack down even more on customers just like Mr. Trump.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/us/politics/trump-jack-dorsey.html

Defying Trump, Twitter Doubles Down on Labeling Tweets
Twitter continued to add new fact-checking labels to hundreds of tweets, even as the Trump administration issued an executive order to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content posted on their platforms.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/technology/trump-twitter-fact-check.html

Trump’s order taking aim at Twitter is ‘bluster’ – legal experts
U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to curb what he says is social media censorship is a political gambit and will not change the legal obligations of companies like Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc, according to legal experts.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-twitter-trump-executive-order-analysi/trumps-order-taking-aim-at-twitter-is-bluster-legal-experts-idUKKBN23436H
https://in.reuters.com/article/twitter-trump-executive-order-analysis/trumps-order-taking-aim-at-twitter-is-bluster-legal-experts-idINKBN23508M

Zuckerberg says Facebook won’t be ‘arbiters of truth’ after Trump threat
Two years after admitting under political pressure that Facebook must do more to prevent disinformation campaigns on its platform, founder Mark Zuckerberg told Fox News on Thursday that the company should step away from regulating online speech.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/may/28/zuckerberg-facebook-police-online-speech-trump

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