President Trump’s executive order on Thursday rejected Twitter, targeting social media giants, saying it threatens the future of online speech and Internet freedom.
Twitter’s Global Public Policy Group said in a statement, “This EO is a landmark, responsive and political approach to legislation.”
The order directs federal agencies to look into whether it could impose new regulations on technologists such as YouTube, Facebook and Google, which own YouTube.
In particular, Trump seeks to remove or change part of Section 230 of the groundbreaking law of 19 December, the Media Act, which protects social media companies from liability for material posted by their users.
This allows them to be considered as “platforms”, rather than “publishers”, who can sue for liability.
“Article 230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression, and is enshrined in democratic values,” the statement said.
“An attempt to unilaterally erode [Section 230] Online speech and the Internet are the future threats to freedom, “it added.
Two days after Trump signed the order, Twitter slapped a pair of fact-check labels for the first time on mail-in voting fraud.
The president sued that the bad faith that social media platforms involved in “editorial decisions” – according to him, by adding fact check labels – should strip them of their immunity from the lawsuit.
“In a country that has long cherished freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to access the speech that Americans can access and say on the Internet,” the order said.
“This practice is largely non-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media organizations censor opinions that do not agree with them, they use a dangerous force to exercise.
A Facebook spokesman said scraping or weakening Article 230 would limit further speech online and encourage the platform to censor anything that could harm anyone.
A Google spokesman said: “Adopting Article 230 in this way would harm the US economy and its global leadership in the freedom of the Internet.”
With post cable