President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies was signed on Thursday.
It calls on independent agencies, the Justice Department and states to carry out the new policy.
President Trump has repeatedly said the executive order was necessary to prevent online censorship.
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It came after Twitter labeled some of his tweets misleading, a labeling that enraged him.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed the social media censorship disproportionately affects him and other conservatives.
Responding to the executive order designating that social media companies are shielded from liability for user-generated content, Michael Kleinman, the director if the Silicon Valley Initiative said: “Everyone should have access to information, especially during a pandemic, where correct information can mean the difference between life and death for so many. Over 100,000 people in this country have already died as this administration continues to mishandle the crisis. Not one more person should die because they aren’t receiving the correct information in the midst of a global emergency.”
“Threats and retaliation against platforms that are performing the simple act of fact-checking are all the more disturbing by an administration that continues to attack the media and journalists for performing the vital task of speaking truth to power. The President is not the decider of truth. Continuing to exploit prejudice is dangerous and irresponsible.
“In no way is Jack off the hook for Twitter finally taking steps to provide contextual information on its platform to users. This step is long overdue and many more must be taken for Twitter to make the platform a safe space for people experiencing daily abuse and fear.”
According to Axios, Trump’s order aims to address the issue by doing the following:
Directs the Commerce Department to file a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to craft new regulations limiting the scope of protections provided to tech companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That measure, which hasn’t previously fallen to the FCC to interpret or enforce, immunizes online platforms against liability for content their users post.
Asks the Federal Trade Commission, which polices unfair or deceptive acts, to take action against platforms whose content moderation practices restrict speech in ways that don’t align with their publicly stated policies.
Directs the attorney general to create a working group to help states enforce laws prohibiting online platforms from engaging in deceptive or unfair practices.
Orders the attorney general to develop a proposal for federal legislation to promote the order’s policy goals.