Flanked by Attorney General Bill Barr, President Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Thursday that calls for new regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) to remove statutory liability protections and cut federal funding for tech companies that engage in censorship and political conduct.
H/T: Fox News
"My executive order calls for new regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to make it so that social media companies that engage in censoring any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield," the President Trump said.
#BREAKING: President Trump signs executive order strip liability protection from companies that censure content: "Companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield." https://t.co/D5ooUw1fNz pic.twitter.com/FHs7kUvJH1— The Hill (@thehill) May 28, 2020
"These platforms act like they are potted plants when [in reality] they are curators of user experiences, i.e. the man behind the curtain for everything we can see or hear,” an administration official familiar with the issue said Wednesday night.
"Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom," Trump tweeted late Wednesday night to his 80 million Twitter followers, after sounding the same theme more than 14 hours earlier. "I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!"
Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
There are long-standing, legitimate objections to Section 230 when sites like Twitter demand immunity as a passive provider but then assumed an active role in the discussion. However, the priority should be the protection of free speech on social media... https://t.co/Q93fAQYEzG— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 28, 2020
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order aimed at making it easier to punish and sue social media companies in retaliation for Twitter’s decision to flag a couple of his baseless posts about mail-in voting.https://t.co/tIbxNvyYYI— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 28, 2020
The censorship of conservative voices by Big Tech is about to end- the party's over Twitter, Facebook, Google...Trump Executive order on the way! #ThrowbackThursday #BenGarrisonCartoon https://t.co/9pODAOt7ky pic.twitter.com/AwlfMIbyO9— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) May 28, 2020
we got a draft of Trump's social media executive order. here's a rundown:— Emily Birnbaum (@birnbaum_e) May 28, 2020
-empowers FCC to review Section 230
-forwards complaints of anti-conservative bias filed with the White House over to the FTC
-asks federal agencies to pull back digital ad $$
Read the full draft of President Trump's executive order below.