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The President Takes Action Against Social Media

President Trump just made a bold move against social media. The Constitution of the U.S. protects free speech, but Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act differentiates the entities that have the power to censor content and those that do not. Social media companies have been protected from liability because they do not act as “publishers” but now that they are, President Trump removed their liability protection.

“My executive order further instructs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit social media companies from engaging in any deceptive acts or practices affecting commerce. This commerce resides in Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. …¬†Additionally, I’m directing the attorney general to work cooperatively with the states … to enforce their own laws against such deceptive business practices. The states have broad and powerful authority to regulate in this arena.”

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