US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on social media platforms.
The executive order is “a written order issued by the president to the federal government that does not require parliamentary approval,” said a journalist at BBC News in Washington, DC, which means that the executive order is basically the president. Is the law introduced by. You don’t have to vote for my other politicians.
The new order gives regulators (people who ensure that everyone complies with the rules) the authority to take legal action against companies such as Facebook and Twitter, such as how content is managed on the platform. You can get it.
What happened between Trump and Twitter?
President Trump often complains about social media companies.
He says they are trying to “censor” or hide what he and other politicians say, and they have “unchecked power.”
It is believed that Trump’s decision was due to Twitter adding “fact checkboxes” to two of its recent tweets, encouraging users to check the facts before believing they were written.
Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies haven’t been affected yet, as the new order is likely to face legal issues before it becomes legal.
Read below to find out more about why this happened and what it means for social media companies …
What does an order mean?
The main purpose of Trump’s new order is to remove some of the legal protection that social media companies have in certain situations in the United States.
This order refers to the Communications Decency Act. This is an American law that provides social media companies with some protection from what people say on the platform.
Under section 230 of this law states that social networks are not responsible for content posted by that user.
However, social media companies say they can tackle “stopping the good Samaritans,” such as removing offensive, harassing, or violent content.
Trump’s order wants to “remove or modify” Section 230 and wants to point out that social media companies are not subject to legal protection if they edit or modify content posted by users. increase.
The order will also look like this:
Ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC is a regulator such as a US television company) to clarify which type of content block does not meet the terms and conditions of the service provider.
See government ads on social media sites and whether they should impose perspective-based restrictions.
Revive the White House’s “Technology Bias Reporting Tool” that lets people report mistreatment by social media companies.
Well… they’re not very happy about it.
Twitter said the order was: “a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law,” saying that Section 230: “protects American innovation and freedom of expression, and it’s underpinned by democratic values”.
Google, which owns YouTube, said changing Section 230 would: “hurt America’s economy and its global leadership on internet freedom.”
In an interview earlier this week, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said censoring a social media platform would not be the “right reflex” for a government which was concerned about censorship.
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” said Mr Zuckerberg.
“I think in general private companies probably shouldn’t be – especially these platform companies – shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Those comments put Facebook’s boss in opposition to Twitter’s boss Jack Dorsey, who said his company will, “continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.
Matthew Feeney of the Cato Institute said: “In the long run, this conservative campaign against social media companies could have a devastating effect on the freedom of speech,”.
Donald Trump might have promised “big action” in response to Twitter – however, it will be a long time before any real action or changes happen.
President Trump makes heavy use of social media!
In the past, his controversial opinions about platforms like Twitter have caused him considerable problems.
In March 2020, Twitter introduced a “fact box” that “helps people understand the credibility of the media and provide additional context.”
Twitter uses these boxes as tweets that may share fake or virtually inaccurate information, or content that contains “synthetic media” (edited or computer-generated video or audio). Means). The Twitter box provides a link for the user to see the details.
This week, Twitter used the box in a tweet from a Chinese government spokesman who said that in addition to President Trump’s “fact-checking,” the U.S. military may have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan, China.
In the past, Twitter has been attacked by people saying it’s not enough to prevent the spread of fake news.
Donald Trump is very vocal about “fake news” on social media, saying he’s only on Twitter to fix the fake news he believes he’s seeing after signing an executive order. Stated. The president’s reaction to the fact that the tweet was confirmed by Twitter was to threaten to “shut down” social media companies.