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  • Trump threatens to 'bring fairness to big tech' with executive orders

    Trump threatens to 'bring fairness to big tech' with executive orders

    President Donald Trump threatened to "bring fairness" to major technology companies through issuing executive orders on Wednesday, as the lawmakers were set to tangle with CEOs of four of the largest U.S. tech companies at a congressional hearing.

    H/T: Reuters

    “If Congress doesn’t bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders. In Washington, it has been ALL TALK and NO ACTION for years, and the people of our Country are sick and tired of it!” Trump wrote on Twitter, a social media company not represented at the hearing.

    From the White House statement:

    On Monday, the Department of Commerce, as directed by President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, filed a petition to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The petition requests that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarify that Section 230 does not permit social media companies that alter or editorialize users’ speech to escape civil liability. The petition also requests that the FCC clarify when an online platform curates content in “good faith,” and requests transparency requirements on their moderation practices, similar to requirements imposed on broadband service providers under Title I of the Communications Act. President Trump will continue to fight back against unfair, un-American, and politically biased censorship of Americans online.

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