Donald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’

Donald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’, by Charlie Spiering.

Donald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’ …

“They’ve had unchecked power to censor restrict, edit shape hide alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences,” Trump said.

The president criticized the growing monopoly of social media companies in America, vowing to act to change the regulatory framework for the companies.

“There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of interaction,” he said.

Trump said the increasing editorial actions by social media to control the content on their platforms endangered their liability shield under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a neutral public platform.

“The choices that Twitter makes, when it chooses to suppress, edit, blacklist, shadowban are editorial decisions, pure and simple, they are editorial decisions,” Trump said.

The president accused the companies of political activism, calling it “inappropriate.”

“What they choose to fact check and what they choose to ignore or promote is nothing more than a political activism group,” he said.

You can be a platform, in which case you are not responsible for the contents appearing on your site because you did not choose it. So you cannot be sued for defamation.

Or you can be a publisher, in which case you can choose what appears on your site but are responsible for it. So you can be sued for defamation.

Social media want to be able to choose what appears on their site, but not be responsible for it. Talk about eating your cake but still having it.

Trump, a victim of social media site Twitter a few days ago, just changed that. You have to choose, Twitter. You might not enjoy the new game.

hat-tip Stephen Neil