Trump signs executive law targeting social media platforms

Trump signs executive law targeting social media platforms

After reviewing the facts, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that aims to change some legal protection for social media platforms.

The newly signed regulation will now give regulators the opportunity to take legal action against social media companies like Twitter and Facebook.

During the signing of the order, the US President claimed that social media platforms have been enjoying uncontrolled powers.

The president has accused these platforms of suppressing or censoring conservative voices.

However, this order is expected to face some legal challenges as it requires the participation of the U.S. Congress or the judicial system to be effective.

On Wednesday, the president claimed that Twitter interfered with the election after providing   fact-checking links to two of his previous tweets.

Later on Thursday, Twitter added another hashtag labeled “Get the Facts on COVID-19” to two china’s government spokesman’s tweets claiming that coronavirus was from the United States.

The signed order clarifies the United States Decency Communication Act, which legally protects online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in certain situations.

In the order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will also be required to state what type of content blocking is deemed to be misleading, fake, or inconsistent with a service provider’s terms and conditions

Also, there will be a review of government advertising on social media websites and whether these platforms impose viewpoint-based restrictions and the restoration of the White House’s “Tech Bias Reporting Tool” that enables citizens to report unfair treatment through social networks

According to section 230 of the law, social media platforms are generally not responsible for content posted by their users, but can engage in “Good Samaritan blocking”, e.g.  By removing obscene content, harassment or violence.

The order indicates that this immunity does not apply when a social network edits content posted by its users and calls on Congress to remove or change section 230.

It also says that misleading posting and removing posts for reasons other than those described in their terms of use should not be granted immunity.

Republican senator Marco Rubio is also one of those who argue that the platforms act as publishers when they add fact-checking labels to certain posts.

According to him, the law only protects these platforms like forums and not as a publisher.

He added that if they now take on the role of editor or publisher, they should not be protected under the same law, but as the editor.

Social media platforms have responded to the orders. Twitter has described the order as a reactionary and politicized approach to a groundbreaking law. They added that section 230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression and is underpinned by democratic values.

Google, the owner of YouTube, said a change to section 230 would affect the American economy and its global leadership in Internet freedom.

They added that they have clear content guidelines that they enforce regardless of the political point of view. They also claimed that the platforms empowered a wide range of people and organizations from across the political spectrum

Nelson Richards is a Seasoned Journalist with nearly 6 years of experience. While studying at Case Western Reserve University, Located at Cleveland. Nelson found a passion for finding and writing articles which are published in Well known Media Publications such as Tnt Publications and Ohio News Network. As a contributor to Chroniclex Nelson Covers National Topics.

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