President Trump this afternoon ramped up his war with social media companies by signing an executive order that aims to curtail their legal liability protections – two days after Twitter slapped fact check labels to a pair of his tweets about fraud in mail-in voting for the first time, the NY Post reports.
“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” Trump said before signing the executive order in the Oval Office where Attorney General Bill Barr was present. The president added that the tech companies “had unchecked power.”
The order directs federal agencies to look at whether they can place new regulations on the tech companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube. It also seeks to clarify regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 landmark federal law that largely exempts online platforms from legal liability for material posted by their users, allowing them to be treated more like publishers. Read more at NY Post.