Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump’s Order Pushes Social Media to Cease ‘Unfair’ Speech Restrictions

 President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as he departs Washington for travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at Joint Base Andrews, Md., on May 27, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on May 28 directing federal agencies to develop regulations under an existing law that protects social media companies from being sued for user content. The regulations aim to protect users from unfair or deceptive content restriction practices employed by these companies.

The order may force social media giants such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to relax their content restrictions, especially on political speech, lest they risk losing significant liability protections.

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