President Trump issues Executive Order barring Big Tech from online censorship [Video]

President Trump directs FCC to implement Executive Order Preventing Online Censorship to limit Section 230

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The Gateway Pundit reports this in their July 29, 2020 piece, written by Jim Hoft:

On Wednesday Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook testified before Congress in the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust.

Of course, the CEOs dismissed allegations that they are targeting and censoring conservative users despite ALL of the evidence to the contrary.

The executive order also demands the social media giants provide transparency requirements for their moderation practices!

A statement from the White House Press Secretary says the following:

On Monday, the Department of Commerce, as directed by President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, filed a petition to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The petition requests that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarify that Section 230 does not permit social media companies that alter or editorialize users’ speech to escape civil liability. The petition also requests that the FCC clarify when an online platform curates content in “good faith,” and requests transparency requirements on their moderation practices, similar to requirements imposed on broadband service providers under Title I of the Communications Act.  President Trump will continue to fight back against unfair, un-American, and politically biased censorship of Americans online.

The original order was signed on May 28th of this year, but yesterday’s effort directs the FCC to clarify that social media companies that editorialize or alter (or delete or block, by extension) users’ speech cannot escape civil liability. The president spoke about this when he signed the order:

One would be led to believe that this executive order would immediately guarantee that Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, et. al., would immediately release their censorship actions taken against their subscribers. However, at the time of this writing, I remain in a state we call “Facebook Jail” where I am unable to post articles from The Duran across to Facebook interest groups I do not personally administer. The censorship as of this moment appears to be alive and well, and further so, as the CEO’s interviewed in yesterday’s hearing all denied that their companies practice censorship, despite an enormous body of evidence to the contrary.

It would seem that they are not going to let go of their power easily.

The US Commerce Department said the following on their website:

Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) filed a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross seeking to clarify regulations related to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The petition was filed in response to the May 2020 Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship. It calls on the FCC to make clear when online platforms can claim section 230 protections if they restrict access to content in a manner not specifically outlined under the Act.

“Many Americans rely on online platforms to stay informed and connected, sharing their thoughts and ideas on issues important to them, which can oftentimes lead to free and open debate around public policies and upcoming elections,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “It has long been the policy of the United States to foster a robust marketplace of ideas on the Internet and the free flow of information around the world. President Trump is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to express their views and not face unjustified restrictions or selective censorship from a handful of powerful companies.”

The petition also seeks further clarity from the FCC:

  • Whether, and to what degree, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides protection for social media’s content moderation decisions
  • The conditions under which content moderation and editorial decisions by social media companies shape content to such a degree that section 230 no longer protects them
  • Social media’s disclosure obligations with respect to their content moderation practices

The full text of the petition itself can be read by following this linked text. We reprint the comments from Section III of this document, entitled “The Commission Should Act to Protect Free Speech Online” below.



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July 30, 2020

Almost all comment platforms are seriously into censorship and if you read the Disqus”terms of service” like at Russia Insider, commenting there opens up your entire personal information and comment history. Banning is used as a political tool and it’s way beyond the key players….for example Consortium news and RussiaToday seem to have permanently banned me for disagreeing about something and daring to speak out long long ago. Not only is censorship once or twice at issue but permanent black listing (should be).

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July 30, 2020

Same happened to me. Disqus used to be a free speech platform until the Dems decided that Trump should be destroyed at all means. Since then people get treated as if they are little children who cannot decide on what they consider credible and what not and what is and is not offensive speech. As an example: China and other countries had good results from treating Covid19 with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) if used right at the beginning when symptoms are still mild. Based on that information and the research of a French epidemiologist, Trump ordered stockpiles of It so it would… Read more »

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July 31, 2020

Hey wow. I also got permanently banned from commenting on Consortium News. I fought them on it. I disagreed with an arch-feminist article (and I’m a woman). Not allowed!

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