Just two days after Twitter marked two of his tweets – one dealing with the security of voting by mail – with fact-check tags, President Trump signed an Executive Order encouraging a change to federal law referred to as Section 230 that provides liability protections to social media firms.
The EO seeks to task the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with examining the reach of the current law and give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to handle political bias complaints.
Social media companies’ practices have been more closely scrutinized after Russia successfully leverage their platforms to engage in a wide-ranging disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Trump has long accused them of bias and trying to squelch the conservative voice.
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