Donald Trump wants to change one of the fundamental aspects of how social networks work. The American president has signed a new executive order that seeks to modify a law that protects the freedom of internet companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Trump’s order wants to specifically modify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, created in 1996, which allows companies operating on the internet, such as social networks, to moderate the content published on their platforms. while at the same time they are protected from paying the consequences of being sued for the content that is published in these services.
In other words, this law allows services such as Twitter or Facebook to eliminate publications that they consider (such as publications that violate the law, are offensive or are part of disinformation campaigns) and protects them from someone suing the social network as such. for something that was published on the platform by one of its users.
“This is very important, they are protected and they can do whatever they want,” said the president, assuring that this will soon change.
This order comes a few days after the president publicly complained that Twitter included a link to access a fact and fake news verification website in one of his tweets, in which he spoke about the ballots and a theory.
What he considers to be a risk of electoral fraud in the upcoming United States presidential elections, to be held this year. According to the president, Twitter is trying to “interfere in the presidential elections” by adding a fact check link at the end of the tweet.
Trump promised that he “would not allow” Twitter to violate freedom of expression on his platform. Now, according to experts, this new order is seeking that social networks lose the protection of Section 230 “if they discriminate against users or limit their access.”
However, for this amendment to the law to take effect, it must pass a series of approvals by other government agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).