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President Donald J. Trump Signs Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

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May 29, 2020 – On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump Signed an Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Policy.  Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.  Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.
In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet.  This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic.  When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power.  They cease functioning as passive bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and treated as content creators.
The growth of online platforms in recent years raises important questions about applying the ideals of the First Amendment to modern communications technology.  Today, many Americans follow the news, stay in touch with friends and family, and share their views …

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Twitter censors Trump’s Minneapolis tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

twitter censors trump’s minneapolis tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

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Twitter has once again taken action against President Trump, this time censoring a tweet for “glorifying violence” in his late-night response to the ongoing violence in Minneapolis.Trump said he couldn’t not just watch the city be overwhelmed by the unrest over the death of George Floyd.“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted. “A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.A second tweet continued, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let this happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you.”TWITTER’S JACK DORSEY FIRES BACK AT ZUCKERBERG, DEFENDS FACT-CHECKING TRUMP TWEETSA few hours after the president sent those tweets, Twitter added a disclaimer onto the second tweet, which hides the message until users click “view.””This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, …

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Trump’s executive order cracking down on ‘online censorship’ has nothing to do with free speech

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday purporting to fight online censorship by empowering federal regulators to strip social media companies’ broad authority to moderate speech.Legal experts say Trump has scant authority to enforce the order, which would circumvent Congress and violate longstanding judicial precedent.But the unprecedented move could scare social media giants away from even modest moderation of disinformation on their sites — an outcome that serves Trump’s political aims. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump says he’s battling the nation’s social media companies in the name of free speech.”Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen!”The president has long made unsubstantiated claims that social media platforms are biased against conservatives, and mulled executive action to regulate the companies.But he took his biggest step towards cracking down on online forums this week after Twitter flagged and fact-checked two of his tweets that contained false information about mail-in voting.

Twitter’s incremental but unprecedented move prompted Trump to lash out against the company …

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Russia’s OSCE envoy says Facebook, YouTube, Google censor ‘undesirable’ media

russia’s osce envoy says facebook, youtube, google censor ‘undesirable’ media

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According to the envoy, under the guise of pompous slogans about democracy and freedom of speech, there is a systematic cleansing of information space by US-controlled Internet platforms and this is called American-style democracy

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Jim Hanson: Trump’s social media executive order is justified – protects free speech, combats censorship

jim hanson: trump’s social media executive order is justified – protects free speech, combats censorship

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President Trump was right and justified Thursday to sign an executive order calling for new regulations to strip legal liability protections from social media companies that censor posts and engage in political conduct on their sites.I hope the president never has to take action against any social media company. The solution to the very real problem of social media company discrimination – which most often is directed against conservative views – is to end the discrimination, rather than for the government to intervene.However, President Trump and many conservatives have identified a serious problem. Twitter and some other social media companies want to be two things at the same time: common carriers where anyone can post comments, and news organizations that selectively fact-check some posts and determine which ones are accurate and which ones are not. Making such determinations is an editorial decision that is often very subjective.TRUMP SIGNS SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER, CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF LIABILITY PROTECTIONS BECAUSE OF ‘CENSORING’Right now social media companies enjoy protection from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for what is posted on their sites, because in most cases they allow people to post whatever they wish – as if they were …

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Trump Wants To Help Conservatives Sue Twitter For Censorship. Justice Brett Kavanaugh Could Get In The Way.

trump wants to help conservatives sue twitter for censorship. justice brett kavanaugh could get in the way.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday aimed at making it easier for people to sue Twitter and other social media platforms for what Trump and his allies have denounced as unconstitutional political censorship.But any future First Amendment lawsuits that Trump has in mind will run into a problem that his order doesn’t appear to address: a US Supreme Court decision written by a justice he appointed, Brett Kavanaugh.Trump’s executive order doesn’t — and couldn’t — change Supreme Court precedent. Last year, the court ruled 5–4 that private companies aren’t government actors subject to the First Amendment’s free speech protections just because they open their platforms to the public. Kavanaugh, one of Trump’s two appointees to the Supreme Court, wrote the opinion.Just this week, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit cited that Kavanaugh opinion when a three-judge panel rejected a First Amendment claim against Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Apple brought by conservative activists, including far-right media personality Laura Loomer, who argued they’d been deplatformed and censored in violation of the First Amendment.And earlier this year, the 9th Circuit relied on the same Kavanaugh opinion to …

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Full text of President Trump’s executive order aimed at preventing online censorship

full text of president trump’s executive order aimed at preventing online censorship

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order intended to have the federal government to be more involved in regulating social media sites.The executive order came in response to Twitter, for the first time, adding a fact-check label on a pair of Trump’s tweets earlier this week.Below is the full text of the executive order:PREVENTING ONLINE CENSORSHIPBy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Policy. Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy. Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet. This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power. They cease functioning as passive bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and …

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Trump said he wanted to shut down Twitter moments after signing an executive order emphasizing his ‘commitment to free and open debate on the internet’

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would shut down Twitter if his lawyers could find a way to do it.The president’s comments came as he signed an executive order seeking to crack down on Twitter and other social media companies over allegations of censorship and bias targeting conservatives.After signing the order, in which he emphasized his “commitment to free and open debate on the internet,” Trump said of Twitter, “I think we shut it down, as far as I’m concerned, but I’d have to go through a legal process. If it were able to be legally shut down, I would do it.”Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would shut down Twitter if his lawyers could find a way to do it.”I think we shut it down, as far as I’m concerned, but I’d have to go through a legal process,” the president told reporters. “If it were able to be legally shut down, I would do it.”Trump’s comments came shortly after he signed an executive order seeking to crack down on Twitter and other social media companies over allegations of bias and censorship targeting conservatives. …

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Mark Zuckerberg says social media censorship not the ‘right reflex’

mark zuckerberg says social media censorship not the ‘right reflex’

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said governments wanting to censor social media platforms is not the “right reflex.”
Asked during an interview on Fox News about President Trump’s plan to sign an executive order curbing the power of Twitter, Facebook and Google, Zuckerberg said it would depend on what the intent is.
“But in general, I think a government choosing to censor a platform, because they’re worried about censorship doesn’t exactly strike me as the right reflex there,” he said in the interview that aired on Thursday.
The founder of the social media giant said such platforms strive for a balance: “we try very hard to give people a voice, and we get a lot of criticism from some people who think that we censor too much.”
Zuckerberg said his company cares “deeply” about giving people a voice and empowering individuals.
“I don’t think that you build a company that gives people a voice like this if you don’t believe that individuals having a voice is a good thing,” he said.
Zuckerberg said he’s trying to give people a wide ability to express themselves, but warned that “real harm can be done if it’s …

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GOP opens up new front in Big Tech censorship fight, hitting Reddit for killing ‘The Donald’ pro-Trump forum

gop opens up new front in big tech censorship fight, hitting reddit for killing ‘the donald’ pro-trump forum

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EXCLUSIVE: Several Republican lawmakers suggested in a scathing letter on Thursday they will soon take action against Reddit, saying the influential Internet message board systematically singled out, censored, and destroyed a once-popular pro-Trump “subreddit,” or subforum, known as “r/The_Donald.””Shame on you,” wrote Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia, Ted Budd of North Carolina, and Ted Yoho of Florida, to Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman. The move opened up a new front in Republicans’ all-out war on what they see as pervasive bias in Silicon Valley.READ THE REPUBLICANS’ LETTER TO REDDITThe lawmakers wrote that, due to Reddit’s use of a “progressive bludgeon,” they would need to consider taking action despite their long-held “principled belief in the free market.”The point-by-point missive came hours after Twitter’s attempt to “fact-check” President Trump immediately backfired. On Thursday, Trump crafted an executive order interpreting the Communications Decency Act of 1996 as saying that companies that actively “fact-check” users’ posts are to be considered “publishers,” rather than “platforms.”The distinction is significant because platforms are ordinarily not liable for users’ defamatory posts, while publishers do face liability. The order could also affect federal funding for …

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