United States President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a regulation on social media companies to hold them accountable for content posted by their users, and said he would legislate in addition to the order. He claimed that the technology giants have “uncontrolled power” and added that these companies are “monopolists” and that the order aims to “deprive them of responsibility.”
As reported today, Trump aims to “remove or change” section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has prevented tech companies like Twitter and Facebook from complaining about posts posted on their platforms.
Trump had previously hit Twitter over the supposedly related political policies of the social network and stated that “Big Tech is doing everything possible for CENSOR before the 2020 elections.” Despite criticism from the White House, Twitter said it would continue to verify the facts on its platform.
But advocates for the tech sector, lawmakers in Congress and a variety of legal experts from across the political spectrum Thursday doubted the legality of Trump’s draft proposal and feared its implications for free speech. Others questioned whether the U.S. government even could carry out the order as the president intended. Some in the tech industry even began quietly discussing their legal options, including a potential lawsuit challenging Trump’s order once it is signed, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because talks are early.