The executive order has as its objective the immunity granted to companies through Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Without congressional action, however, there are limits to what a president can do with the executive order. “We are here today to defend freedom of speech from one of the greatest dangers,” said the tenant of Casa Binaca during a brief signing ceremony at the Oval Office in the White House.
The Facebook CEO has also taken sides against the bird’s social network, Mark Zuckerberg: “I strongly believe that Facebook should not be therearbiter of truth about everything people say online – the CEO said in an interview with Fox – Private companies, especially these platforms, should probably not be in a position to do it. ” But shortly thereafter, while waiting for the announced executive order on social media, he adds: “In general I think that a government’s choice to censor a platform because it is concerned about its censorship is not the right reaction“.
The president of the United States, after announcing yesterday a reflection on the possibility of regulating the freedom of the platforms or, indeed, of close them, went to the facts to make it easier for the Authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission, intervene to ascertain whether companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Google or Youtube suppress the freedom of expression when they suspend users, report or delete their posts. “This will be a great day for social media and fairness,” tweeted the president.
The White House spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany had announced the measure even if no details had been disseminated through the official channels: in the briefing with journalists McEnany had confirmed that the executive order concerns the legal protections they enjoy for the content on their platforms, and reiterated the accusation that they censor the voices of conservatives.
For his part, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, in three tweets had announced that “we will continue to report incorrect or disputed information about the elections globally”. Trump’s tweets, continued the head of the social network, “could lead people to mistakenly think that it is not necessary to register to get a ballot paper”. And, anticipating the intervention of Zuckerberg, he also specified that reporting incorrect information “does not make us an arbiter of truth”.