President Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter, Facebook and Google from being responsible for material posted by their users, according to a draft executive order seen by Reuters. The President has threatened to shut down websites he accuses of stifling conservative voices, after Twitter tagged two of his tweets with a fact-check warning.
President Trump tweeted:
“Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen!”
The President’s order would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to propose and clarify regulations under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law largely exempting online platforms from legal liability for material their users post. Such changes could expose tech companies to more lawsuits.