Trump drafting an order to regulate Facebook and Twitter
The proposal would call on the FCC to develop new regulations concerning how social media platforms are allowed to moderate their users.
The order is still in its early stages, and may not be introduced in its current form. Still, the details suggest President Trump is serious about initiating new regulations on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The proposal raises a number of legal issues. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives companies broad discretion for moderating speech.
Even if that moderation is found to be undertaken in bad faith, platforms can only be held liable under very specific circumstances. Any attempt to expand that liability would likely face a significant judicial challenge.
Shortly after the CNN report broke, President Trump told reporters he was very concerned with the censorship of conservatives on social media platforms. “We have a lot of these companies coming in a little while,” Trump said, referring to the upcoming meeting on online extremism. “We’re going to be very tough with them. They’re treating conservatives very unfairly.”