Trump expressed that while he imagines there will be some legal challenges leveled against his executive order, he is confident that his administration will emerge victorious from the hypothetical cases. But the move intensified a political backlash over the growing powers of tech giants that has drawn bipartisan support heading into a presidential election.
Trump lashed out at Twitter, comparing the fact-checking labels to censorship and accusing the social media giant of stifling conservative voices, though the president did not provide any examples to back up his assertion.
Trump had posted unsubstantiated claims on both Twitter and Facebook saying the governor of California was sending mail-in ballots to anyone living in the state, "no matter who they are or how they got there", although ballots are only sent to registered voters.
Although he is the dominant U.S. political presence on Twitter and Facebook, a fight with social media also plays into Mr Trump's narrative ahead of his hard November reelection battle that liberal forces are trying to censor Republicans.
"We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this", Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Fox News in a clip posted online on Wednesday. "I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online", he said.More news: Google to reopen offices in July for limited number of employees #93790
With his clarification, Dorsey linked to what Twitter calls its "civic integrity policy", a set of rules prohibiting certain kinds of "manipulative behavior" on the platform. We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. "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".
The order, which proposes modifying a law known as Section 230, directs executive branch agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to study whether they can place new rules on the companies.
Mr Trump said the fact checks were "editorial decisions" by Twitter and amounted to political activism. But as companies such as Google and Facebook have grown into worldwide behemoths, those protections have increasingly alarmed politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Critics says Section 230 gives tech companies too much power over what is and is not allowed on their sites. Still, he was critical of Trump's position against section 230, and said repealing it would only increase the need for internet companies to police speech on their services.
"It is unclear they (the FCC) are going to want to do something in which they would obviously get smacked down by a court order", Klonick said. They have a shield.More news: NBC, Fremantle, Syco comment on "America's Got Talent" investigation
The order sets out to clarify the Communications Decency Act, a U.S. law that offers online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube legal protection in certain situations.
"If you weren't fake", Trump said in reply to a reporter's question about why he just does not delete his personal Twitter account. In fact, she said, it was meant to encourage companies to keep an eye on the conversations on their sites.
More pressure could come in courthouses around the country.
Barr, in the Oval Office with Trump for the signing of the executive order, said the administration is preparing legislative proposals regarding social media companies and also will pursue litigation.
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But an executive order takes the threats to Section 230 to a new level.