Twitter CEO: We'll Continue to Fact-Check Trump's Misleading Tweets on Voting

The move represents the latest attempt by Donald Trump to use the tools of the Presidency to force private companies to change policies that he believes are not favourable to him

Trump's executive order targets political bias at Twitter and Facebook: draft

Leaked versions of the executive order in United States media suggest that Trump will seek to remove liability protections that the social media giants enjoy over content they publish, thereby opening them to legal action and more government oversight.

The president said his action is meant to "protect and uphold the free speech rights of the American people".

Klonick said the executive order is a way for Trump to score political points, regardless of whether it has actual impact.

According to Reuters, later today, the president is expected to sign an executive order that'll demand a review of a USA law that protects internet-based platforms from lawsuits over the user content they host. We can't let a more sophisticated version of that. Trump said that would be a good thing.

When Twitter, Google, Facebook and other platforms choose to fact check or choose to ignore certain posts that is "political activism", according to the president.

"It is unclear they (the FCC) are going to want to do something in which they would obviously get smacked down by a court order", Klonick said.

Shahbazz, the nonprofit researcher, said Twitter was following what experts consider the least harmful playbook by linking Trump's tweet to background information. "If we had a fair press in this country, I'd do that in a heartbeat".

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She told Reuters that Section 230 is one of the shields that protect social media companies.

Kosseff acknowledges that the freewheeling online ecosystem enabled by Section 230 has "significant social costs" and that it "enables terrorist recruitment, online sex trafficking, discriminatory housing sales and vicious harassment".

Others like Jack Balkin, a Yale University constitutional law professor said "The president is trying to frighten, coerce, scare, cajole social media companies to leave him alone and not do what Twitter has just done to him".

The director of the Cato Institute's Project on Emerging Technologies, Matthew Feeney, commented that "as misleading and legally flawed as the order is, it is nonetheless concerning". Conservatives have long complained the internet giants suppress conservative views.

Some might prefer a different model, in which websites that restrict a user's speech become liable for the speech they allow.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House, in Washington, on May 27, 2020.

The order reportedly asks the Justice Department to form a working group comprised partially of state attorneys general, who will be tasked with potentially enforcing "state statutes that prohibit online platforms from engaging in unfair and deceptive acts and practices". "Tantamount to taking over the airwaves". "We're fed up with it".

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The President accused the social media giant of harbouring an anti-conservative bias, a sentiment that was fuelled by unearthed anti-Trump tweets from Twitter's head of site integrity. Today, Trump proved me right.

But critics say Twitter's decision-making process is opaque.

He tweeted to his more than 80 million followers Republicans felt the platforms "totally silence conservatives".

Mr. Biden is isolated on the issue from most of his party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Mr Trump is on the warpath against Twitter after the platform for the first time labelled two of his tweets, on the increasingly contentious topic of mail-in voting, with fact-check notices.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump accused Twitter of election interference, after it added fact-check links to two of his tweets.

"Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves", Dorsey tweeted, not mentioning Zuckerberg by name but rejecting the "arbiter of truth" characterization. The company actually doesn't have a problem with the president baselessly claiming expanded mail-in voting will lead to election fraud.

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"No, he's certainly not doing that", Kayleigh McEnany said.

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