The culture of big tech and social media companies has always skewed to the left.
In the last few years however, it has gotten a little crazy for conservatives, who seem more likely to be censored and even banned from platforms for having the wrong political views.
This week, Trump took action to change this.
President Trump Signs Executive Order Regulating Social Media Companies
President Trump intends to sign an executive order on Thursday regarding social media and big technology companies. The order comes on the heels of a fact-check on the president from Twitter, related to President Trump’s sentiment regarding voting by mail.
The president is using section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to back up his grievance with social media companies, a provision which intends to allow free speech to flourish by shielding providers from liability. Under current laws, social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook are not held liable for the validity or factuality of posts:
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
President Trump’s executive order adds regulations to section 230 to limit these liability protections for companies that editorialize or censor content or speech.
See the two videos below:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2020
“Today, I am signing an executive order to protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people.”
Trump says social media companies like Twitter currently receive “an unprecedented liability shield” pic.twitter.com/gZMLZEZ1fu
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) May 28, 2020
It’s always crucial for all Americans to be able to express themselves.
The stakes are even higher in an election year.