May 29, 2020

Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter after fact-checking row

AFP US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms. President Trump accused social media platforms of having "Unchecked power" while signing the order. The order sets out to clarify the Communications Decency Act, a US law that offers online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube legal protection in certain situations. While his announcement of an executive order was heavy on rhetoric - accusing social media companies of being monopolies that threaten free speech - it will be a long process before the talk turns into real action, big or otherwise. The long-running dispute between Mr Trump and social media companies flared up again on Tuesday, when two of his posts were given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time.

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