The real goal of Trump’s executive order: Pressure Twitter and Facebook to let him do whatever he wants

  • AUTHOR: dua
  • POSTED ON: May 29, 2020

There’s a widely-held belief that conservatives aren’t censored on social media as a result of which they continue to thrive and gain publicity.


On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent Twitter and other social media websites from doing anything that limits the reach of his misinformation.

Basically, on Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to spread more lies. Since they were drafted to manipulate the voters, certain consequences had to take place.

As per the leaked drafts, Trump will have the power to direct federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to revise liability limitations that prevent social media companies from being sued. This way, they won’t be held accountable for the content they host.

The most critical factor here is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Act essentially says that the internet companies aren’t responsible for the speech from the third parties that are hosted on their website. Hence, if a post is made containing derogatory or libelous content, it might face legal consequences. As of now, Facebook and Twitter is not in any danger.

Corynne McSherry, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says, “Frankly, a lot of social media platforms wouldn’t be around anymore, because they won’t be able to afford the legal risks. One of the big ironies here is that Section 230 protects, arguably, a lot of what President Trump posts online.”

She continued, “It’s going to face legal challenges right away. We’re not going to see anything take effect anytime soon.”

“The FCC doesn’t enforce the relevant law — state and federal courts do that. President Trump can urge Congress to amend or repeal Section 230, but he doesn’t need an executive order to do that.” – says Timothy Zick, professor of law and author of The First Amendment in the Trump Era.

Mark Zuckerberg says, “We have a different policy than Twitter on this. I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.”

Updated May 29, 2020
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