Trump’s attempt to limit social media
This past week, Twitter labeled many of Donald Trump’s tweets as false, including those regarding in-mal voting. In response, Trump “signed an executive order that could open the door for the U.S. government to assume oversight of political speech on the Internet, a broadside against Silicon Valley that a wide array of critics derided as a threat to free speech.”
The order “changes a federal law that has spared tech companies from being sued or held liable for most posts, photos, and videos shared by users on their sites, known as section 230. The order also seeks to channel complaints about political bias to the Federal Trade Commission, an agency that the White House has asked to probe whether tech companies’ content-moderation policies are maintaining their pledges of neutrality.”
The Washington Post reported that “experts said the directive would almost certainly be challenged in court, arguing it undermines the First Amendment. A wide array of critics in Congress, the tech industry, and across the political spectrum also accused the White House of deputizing government agencies to carry out Trump’s vendettas.”
The Washington Post interviewed a spokesperson at Google, who stated, “we have clear content policies, and we enforce them without regard to political viewpoint. Our platforms have empowered a wide range of people and organizations from across the political spectrum, giving them a voice and new ways to reach their audiences.”
There is a question of legality in Trump’s order, but his actions make him look childish for retaliating because many would argue that Trump needs censorship on his social media. President Donald Trump has tweeted suggesting Joe Scarborough (currently the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC) murdered his intern. Recently, The Boston Globe reported that the husband of a woman who died while working as an intern in the office of former Rep. Joe Scarborough two decades ago demanded that Twitter remove Trump’s tweets.
The truth is that Scarborough’s intern, Lori Kaye Klausutis, “had an undiagnosed heart condition, fell, and hit her head on her desk at work. Her husband, Timothy J. Klausutis, called her death the single most painful thing that I have ever had to deal with.” Also, Scarborough was not even in Florida, where her death took place. Not only were Trump’s tweets inaccurate, but they caused a stir among Klausutis’ family. When this happened, many across the Twitter platform requested that Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, censor the president’s tweets. Dorsey refused this request, citing freedom of speech. Now when Twitter finally does take action, by labeling that his tweets in need of fact-checking, Trump retaliates with this current executive order.