Trump signs executive order concerning social media protections

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections for social media companies.

The executive order would reinterpret the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA), specifically section 230, which is often referred to ‘the 26 words that created the internet’.

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CDA 230 essentially states any who hosts or republishes someone else’s speech, can not be held personally accountable for the originator’s content.

President Trump said this action is partially based off of Twitter’s fact checks, which he claims are “editorial decisions” and should cost social media companies their liability protection.

Posted between Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th.

President Trump claims his order will uphold freedom of speech. While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce objected, “Regardless of the circumstances that led up to this, this is not how public policy is made in the United States.”

 

We will keep you updated as this story progresses.