Trump to sign executive order on social media amid Twitter furor

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Trump's "war" with the media picks up!

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"President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order aimed at social media companies Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday evening, a move that comes as the president and his allies have escalated their allegations that companies like Twitter and Facebook stifle GOP voices.

The announcement revived fears within the online industry that the Trump administration will target a 1996 statute that protects the companies from lawsuits — an avenue that a growing number of Republican lawmakers are advocating as they press their bias accusations about Silicon Valley.

The statute has helped tech giants earn many billions of dollars from users' tweets, posts, likes, photos and videos, with limited legal liability, while giving them broad leeway to remove material they consider "objectionable." But Trump and his supporters contend they are abusing that power.

"These platforms act like they are potted plants when [in reality] they are curators of user experiences, i.e. the man behind the curtain for everything we can see or hear,” an administration official familiar with the issue said Wednesday night. The person said the order, which was described as broad and high level, would address complaints that the online platforms are deceiving people by picking and choosing what content to allow or block instead of acting as politically neutral platforms or moderators.

The official cautioned that the order's language was likely to change by Thursday.

Any attempt to go after the tech companies through regulations could face serious obstacles, however. The president's own regulators have shown little appetite in the past for taking on scrutiny of tweets and Facebook posts, and federal courts have ruled as recently as Wednesday morning that social media companies are private entities with the legal right to police content on their sites.

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"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," Trump tweeted late Wednesday night to his 80 million Twitter followers, after sounding the same theme more than 14 hours earlier. "I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!"

Early Wednesday morning, he had vowed to "strongly regulate" biased social media companies, or even "close them down."

Democrats, meanwhile, have complained that Twitter has been too slow to respond to a litany of abusive, inaccurate or inflammatory tweets from the president, including his recent insinuations that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough may be guilty of murder."


https://news.yahoo.com/trump-sign-executive-order-social-233601644.html

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Now there's a "hot topic" for you. Read the rest of that article to see all the parties weighing in on the various sides of the argument.


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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

the president and his allies have escalated their allegations that companies like Twitter and Facebook stifle GOP voices.

The prez and his allies don't know what "stifle" means, just more brainwashing of the base which has already been scrubbed down to the bone.

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blfenton

These are private social platforms. The changes in attitude could be what the majority of their users are demanding.

trump is calling it the stifling of the "GOP voices" which isn't necessarily true or the stifling of conservative voices. It seems it's the calling out of the voices of a certain attitude or philosophy which may appear to be primarily GOP or conservative based.

What's next? Preventing employers from firing employees who exhibit behaviour outside of work hours that isn't in keeping with their policies. You all know what I'm alluding to.

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heri_cles

Trump can start a new application called "GOP Voices" or whatever he wants to call it. Then he can control content, decide on the Terms of Service, and reserve the right to deny access to any user for any reason or for no reason.

Meanwhile, Twitter should remove his account and let Trump sue them.

God please let that happen.

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soupgirl53

I would hate to be the White House advisors tasked with talking Trump down off his latest cliff.

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Iris GW

See you in court, sez Twitter.

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maddie260

From everything I've read, it's toothless, and just more chatter.

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Iris GW

But his supporters are obviously lapping it up like cream.

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KennsWoods formerly kentrees

'Executive order', what a joke. It won't be worth the paper it's printed on.

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blfenton

Iris - and that's the thing though - his supporters never follow his BS rhetoric, so called promises, his failed EO's to the end result of nothingness.

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dandyfopp

Speech police.

Oh it is going to be really popular with the American public.


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heri_cles

Trump's reTweet of the Scarborough murder conspiracy was ruthless, vindictive, and hateful. Scarborough should sue Trump for Defamation given that Trump acted with actual malice by knowing the falsity of the allegation and by recklessly disregarding the truth.

Twitter does not have to condone Defamatory content or the abuse of its platform.

Grow some nerve and remove Trump's Twitter account forthwith.

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Iris GW

And here it is: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/28/politics/trump-twitter-social-media-executive-order/index.html

The executive order tests the boundaries of the White House's authority. In a long-shot legal bid, it seeks to curtail the power of large social media platforms by reinterpreting a critical 1996 law that shields websites and tech companies from lawsuits. But legal experts on both the right and the left have raised serious concerns about the proposal. They say it may be unconstitutional because it risks infringing on the First Amendment rights of private companies and because it attempts to circumvent the two other branches of government.

"(Trump) is trying to steal for himself the power of the courts and Congress to rewrite decades of settled law," said Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the architect of the legislation that the order seeks to reinterpret. "He decides what's legal based on what's in his interest."

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Annie Deighnaugh

I see even moscow mitch is defying trump and wearing a mask...I wonder if the redwing is starting to read the polls and figuring if they don't want to crash and burn as badly as the economy come november, they may want to get some space between themselves and trump.

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batyabeth

"(Trump) is trying to steal for himself the power of the courts
and Congress
to rewrite decades of settled law," said Democratic Sen.
Ron Wyden of Oregon, the architect of the legislation that the order
seeks to reinterpret. "He decides what's legal based on what's in his
interest."

worth repeating.

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bragu_DSM 5

... complaints that the online platforms are deceiving people by picking and choosing what content to allow ...

do you have a smart speaker? Ever wonder WHY when you are looking for something - which may come up in a casual conversation with someone within earshot of mr. smart speaker - the next time you are searching for an item, that very item shows up with an 'ad' on an interweb search?


try dog toys w/I in earshot of the speaker of your house

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dandyfopp

Rick Wilson said moral collapse, but that presumes morals existed.

I think it is librul tears- even if it means the country as we knew it ceases to exist.


VIDEO: https://twitter.com/normative/status/1266197828780646402

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lurker111

Twitter has become a hate group. They need to keep it on twitter or shut it down.

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dandyfopp

lurker111

Twitter has became a hate group. They need to keep it on twitter or shut it down.


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I think you might be getting Twitter confused with the American voting public.

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Iris GW

"Twitter has became a hate group. They need to keep it on twitter "

lurker, Twitter hasn't deleted any of Trump's hateful tweets.

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lurker111

Fight fire with fire.

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Iris GW


lurker111

Fight fire with fire.

Yes, Trump is hateful but he is often the one who initiates it.

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ohiomom

Shutdown twitter and the reality star loses his fan base, whatever will he do if he can't word vomit all day.

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dandyfopp

The last thing he wants.

Never ending victimhood is his brand, he can't sell it to Donnie fans without twitter.

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bfox254

Trump doesn't really want to shut down twitter. What would he do all day?

He's just playing the victim again, making noise to rile up the base.

I think his handlers have long ago given up trying to pretend this is a functioning president.

Meanwhile, back to the real story, 100,000+ dead under his watch

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nhb_6

lurker111

Twitter has became a hate group. They need to keep it on twitter or shut it down.

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Per FBI , a hate's group

"primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization"


What in your mind qualifies Twitter as a hate group?

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They need to keep it on twitter or shut it down.

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They need to keep what on Twitter?

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zmith

Lurker has admitted before to not being on Twitter. So is it just more evil crat propaganda?

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

"I see even moscow mitch is defying trump and wearing a mask...I wonder if the redwing is starting to read the polls and figuring if they don't want to crash and burn as badly as the economy come november, they may want to get some space between themselves and trump."

Nah, old McMitch is just afraid of dying and he ain't taking his medical advice from trump, no one should, but his base will at their own peril.

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