(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- President Donald Trump called for the termination of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which provides protection for social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The president made the call on Twitter, in the culmination of a years-long battle with the anti-conservative and biased networks.
“For purpose of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!” the president said.
For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
It’s not the first time President Donald Trump has criticized Section 230, which allows Facebook and Twitter to avoid lawsuits based on the content published by its users. The legislation, however, requires the platforms not to be publishers. That would mean not having excessive oversight over the content they promote.
The problem? Twitter and Facebook regularly censor conservative voices, meaning they behave as publishers without accepting the legal liabilities that come with being a publisher.
In previous comments, President Donald Trump has called for the reform of Section 230, or encouraged the platforms to stop engaging in bias. His most recent comments are the clearest yet, and could be a sign that the president is gearing up to make radical changes before January when it is possible that Joe Biden will take office.
Earlier in November, Trump ally Senator Ted Cruz of Texas grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over their censorship of conservatives, and their practice of placing warning notices over tweets made by conservatives about the election. Dorsey claimed that Twitter was labelling the posts to make sure that “people have more information,” despite admitting during the same hearing that he was not an expert on election fraud.
Cruz hit back.
“No you’re not. You put up a page saying, quote, ‘voter fraud of any kind is exceedingly rare in the United States.’ That’s not linking to a broader conversation, that’s taking a disputed policy position, and you’re a publisher when you’re doing that.”
“You’re entitled to take a policy position, but you don’t get to pretend you’re not a publisher and get a special benefit under Section 230 as a result,” Cruz added.
Could President Trump finally be serious about taking strong action against Section 230 abuse?