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Trump to Sign Executive Order Restraining Social Media

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Following threats by the US President, Donald to shut down social media platforms after twitter labelled two of his tweets misleading. Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday after long resisting calls to censure him over his truth-defying posts.

The Street Journal had earlier reported that Twitter had accused the president for the first time of making false claims on Tuesday, May 27.

Trump had tweeted — without any evidence — that more mail-in voting would lead to what he called a “Rigged Election” this November. This action by twitter according to Trump, implied that the political right in the United States was being censored.

Trump is expected to sign an executive order “pertaining to social media” on Thursday, his aides said.

However, an undated draft version of the order obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday said “we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey online.”

The order would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that the companies are “suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts,” The New York Times reported, citing two senior administration officials.

Both newspapers also reported that the order, which they said had not yet been finalized, could see tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google held legally responsible for content posted on their platforms. Twitter’s move to tag the president’s tweets comes after years of being accused of ignoring the president’s violation of platform rules with his daily, often hourly barrages of personal insults and inaccurate information sent to more than 80 million followers. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg waded into the row, telling Fox News that his social network — still the biggest in the world — has a different policy.

 

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