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Trump's Order Could Upend 26 Key Words - Page 2

An executive order might strip social media companies of legal protections under 1996 law
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2020 10:45 AM CDT
Updated May 28, 2020 3:28 PM CDT

  • Bias allegations: The executive order also deals with accusations of political bias, and it would charge the FTC with handling complaints and making sure companies are adhering to pledges of neutrality. The current law gives companies much leeway to remove content they deem objectionable, and Trump contends they're abusing their power, reports Politico. "In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey online," says a draft version.
  • Shift in view: Here's how the Wall Street Journal sees the change: The executive order "would seek to reshape the way that federal regulators view Twitter and other social-media companies—not as hosts of speech but as monopolies that control millions of Americans' daily experiences on their platforms." But any change in regulations would almost certainly end up in court, with companies arguing that the federal government is guilty of overreach.
  • Not enough authority? The AP quotes a law professor at Yale who says any new regulation of social media companies would likely have to be approved by Congress.
  • The politics: Even if the initiative to impose new restrictions on the companies fails, Trump will likely relish the fight against media powerhouses he accuses of bias. The new Twitter fight is an example. "This plays right into President Trump's hands," Jason Miller, communications director for Trump's 2016 campaign, tells CNN. "They basically handed him a massive gift."
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