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'We're Fed Up With It': Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Curtailing Social Media Companies
wessexfm.com ^ | 5/29/2020

Posted on 05/28/2020 1:42:16 PM PDT by Helicondelta

Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants.

The US president is engaged in a public feud with the companies, which he has accused of censoring free speech and bias, and said: "We're fed up with it."

It comes as Twitter flagged one of Mr Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots in California with a fact-check warning.

The executive order points out that social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, should forgo their legal immunity from the law, should they edit users' content on their platforms.

Currently, Section 230 offers legal protections to social media platforms, and makes it clear that those companies are not responsible for the content posted on their sites, and therefore should not interfere with it.

However, they are allowed to act when content is violent or harassment.

The order will direct executive branch agencies to speak to independent rule-making agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commissioner, to look at whether new regulations can be enforced on the Silicon Valley giants.

Mr Trump argues that the fact-checking on his tweets amounts to "editorial decisions" by Twitter, adding is akin to political activism.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: internet; karenoftwitter; technotyranny; twittertantrum
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1 posted on 05/28/2020 1:42:16 PM PDT by Helicondelta
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AMEN! Best. President. EVER!


2 posted on 05/28/2020 1:45:21 PM PDT by Cyclops08
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POTUS should get off Twitter. Go to a different platform. But he would be accused of having a financial interest in wherever he goes.


3 posted on 05/28/2020 1:46:29 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is EVIL and needs to be eradicated)
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To: Helicondelta

From what I read there I am not quite clear that this actually does anything.


4 posted on 05/28/2020 1:47:02 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: Helicondelta

And the war begins.


5 posted on 05/28/2020 1:48:21 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Helicondelta

This is a sticky issue.

First of all, the old phrase “no shirt, no shoes, no service” comes to mind here. Can’t Instagram and Facebook and Twitter simply refuse service to someone? I don’t think a person has a right to access these platforms. Those that do, do so under their rules.

Now, you have freedom of speech on the internet, but not freedom from consequence. Want to be unchecked? Start your own website or blog. You’re guaranteed the right to be able to do that. You’re not guaranteed that right on someone else’s brand.

Will be interesting to see it develop.


6 posted on 05/28/2020 1:48:55 PM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Agreed. Not sure he can do anything and not sure he did.


7 posted on 05/28/2020 1:49:55 PM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
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To: TangledUpInBlue

It’s a free service not sure why they can’t do what they want. Don’t like the product leave. It’s strange that people get upset at companies that offer their product for free.


8 posted on 05/28/2020 1:51:34 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Trump/Hunter, jr for President/Vice President 2016)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Why not just let the reader do their own research and determine the real story/outcome?


9 posted on 05/28/2020 1:52:18 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: napscoordinator

Exactly. Some people just like to bitch. I can’t stomach CNN. So I don’t watch it. Problem solved.


10 posted on 05/28/2020 1:52:35 PM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
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To: hsmomx3

Because people are ignorant, lazy and dumb. Ergo, they won’t.


11 posted on 05/28/2020 1:53:15 PM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
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Can’t Instagram and Facebook and Twitter simply refuse service to someone?

I would direct you to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Businesses in this country lost the unencumbered right to make that call 56 years ago.


12 posted on 05/28/2020 1:53:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

“...Facebook and Twitter simply refuse service to someone? “

Hmmm. But cake decorators can’t?


13 posted on 05/28/2020 1:54:14 PM PDT by stanne
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To: napscoordinator

It’s not free. They scoop up all of your data that they possibly can and sell it.

When the product is free, YOU are actually the product.


14 posted on 05/28/2020 1:54:15 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: Helicondelta

They asked for it.

They got it.


15 posted on 05/28/2020 1:54:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Don’t mistake activity for achievement." - John Wooden)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Yes, you’re right.


16 posted on 05/28/2020 1:54:25 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: Helicondelta

Any link to the text of the Executive Order? It’s not on the White House site yet.


17 posted on 05/28/2020 1:55:34 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Helicondelta

Has it been stopped by an Obama district court judge yet?


18 posted on 05/28/2020 1:56:39 PM PDT by bwest
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Did I understand the order correctly. It requires folks to talk to other folks in government to look to see if the rules are being followed?

What kind of order is this?


19 posted on 05/28/2020 1:56:56 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: hsmomx3

Did you forget the Sarc?


20 posted on 05/28/2020 1:57:16 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Anyone tired of the Chinese Fire Drill (tm) yet???)
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