Donald Trump Previews ‘Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!’

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator,speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

President Donald Trump on Thursday previewed upcoming executive action targeting social media companies for censoring conservatives.

“This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The New York Times earlier previewed a draft of the executive order which would allow the Commerce Department to adjust how Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act would be applied.

Section 230 allows online companies to have broad immunity from liability for content created by their users.

The order draft also includes a proposal for the Federal Trade Commission to build up a tool for tracking online bias. Another proposal would limit federal government funds being used to advertise on social media platforms.

The draft of the executive order remains fluid but the president plans to sign something by Thursday afternoon.

President Trump acted quickly to punish Twitter after the social media platform labeled one of his tweets warning about vote-by-mail fraud with a fact check, sending users to corporate media sources defending the concept.

“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.

The president also said Twitter was “interfering in the 2020 presidential election” by subjectively labeling one of his tweets.

President Trump frequently sides with conservatives about social media censorship and bias but has not acted on any serious policy or regulatory measures to punish them.

Republicans in Congress have also proposed new legislation to send a message to social media companies.

Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Marco Rubio warned Twitter that if they wanted to exercise editorial controls of user content, they were in danger of losing their Section 230 protections.


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