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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans declared war on social media giants Thursday after Twitter and Facebook blocked users who tried to share New York Post stories critical of Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
During a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., Trump said that “if big tech persists in coordination with the mainstream media, we must immediately strip them of their Section 230 protections,” a reference to a Communications Decency Act provision that shields interactive computer services from liability for content posted on their sites.
In Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement that joined Trump’s reasoning. Pai argued social media giants “do not have a First Amendment right to special immunity denied to other media outlets” and said he was ready to move forward with rules to clarify meaning of the Section.
“Winter is coming,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., warned during a Trump campaign call, as the faulted “big-tech oligarchs” for applying lesser standards for stories about Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee invited Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explore whether the platforms had engaged in “campaign contribution law violations” with Biden’s …
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