Twitter on Thursday countered President Trump’s executive order against the social media giant, saying it threatened the future of online speech and internet freedom.
Twitter ’s Global Public Policy Group said in a statement: “This EO is a reactionary and politicized approach to landmark laws,”
The order instructs federal agencies to study whether new regulations can be enacted on tech giants such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, which own YouTube.
In particular, Trump wants to delete or change part of Article 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a landmark law in 1996 that protects social media companies from materials posted to their users Take responsibility.
This makes them considered “platforms” rather than “publishers” who can be sued for defamation.
Twitter ’s statement said: “# Section230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression and is supported by democratic values.”
“Trying to unilaterally erode [Section 230] It threatens the future of online speech and Internet freedom. “
Trump signed the order two days after Twitter affixed the fact-checking tag to his pair of nostalgic letters about fraud in mailing votes.
The President put forward the following reasons: engaging in malicious “media decision-making” social media platforms (including, in his view, adding fact-checking tags) should be deprived of immunity from litigation.
The order said: “In a country that has long advocated freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to personally pick out the speeches that Americans can access and communicate on the Internet.”
“This approach is fundamentally non-American and anti-democratic. When large, influential social media companies review their disagreements, they exercise dangerous power.”
A Facebook spokesperson said that eliminating or weakening section 230 will eventually restrict more online speech and encourage the platform to review any content that may offend anyone.
A Google spokesperson said: “Breaking Section 230 in this way will damage the US economy and its global leadership in Internet freedom.”