Trump signs executive order targeting Facebook and Twitter for ‘censoring’ and calling on law changes – The Sun
28th May 2020

DONALD Trump has signed an executive order that targeted Facebook and Twitter for "censoring" and called on the Federal Communications Commission to change the law.

The order comes after Twitter prompted readers to check facts in tweets sent by the President, warning his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers.

The order was signed by Trump on Thursday.

"Today, I am signing an Executive Order to protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people," the president said.

"My executive order calls for new regulations… to make it that social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield, that's a big deal."

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that the president would sign an executive order relating to social media companies.

That evening, Trump raged in a Twitter post: "Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election.

"If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost.

"Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!"

Mark Zuckerberg has since slammed Twitter for fact-checking Trump and said social media platforms "shouldn't be arbiters of truth."

In an interview with Fox News, set to air on Thursday, the Facebook mogul said: "We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this."

"I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.

"In general, private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that."

However, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg's comments in a tweet.

"This does not make us an 'arbiter of truth.'

"Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.

"More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions."

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