UPDATED 7:10 PM PT – Thursday, December 3, 2020
President Trump called out GOP senators who appear to be backing off the fight against Section 230.
In a tweet on Thursday, the President said it ‘looks like certain Republican senators are getting cold feet… with respect to the termination of big tech’s section two-30… a national security and election integrity must.
he notes the termination *must be put in the defense bill.
this comes after the president on tuesday called for the end of ‘section two-30’… a law which gives companies like facebook and twitter the protection of neutral forums rather than publishers.
critics point out these platforms — however — often pick and choose what content they host… acting as editors rather than true neutral hosts.
president trump warned if this ‘dangerous and unfair’ law is not completely terminated as part of the ‘national defense authorization act’… he would veto the bill.
president trump has long spoken out against ‘section two-30’… dating back to may when he signed an executive order to protect the free speech of all americans.
“my executive order calls for new regulations, under section 230 of the communications decency act, to make it that social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield. that’s a big deal. they have a shield; they can do what they want. they have a shield. they’re not going to have that shield.”
some senators have called for more discussion over ‘section two-30’… saying the defense bill isn’t the place to pressure for change.
white house press secretary “kayleigh mcenany” on tuesday assured the military would get proper funding… but the president is serious about the concerns surrounding the law.
“there are real grave concerns here and the president stands by that. and it also is worth noting that the president will always defend our military and sure that we get adequate defense funding as he’s gotten 2.9 trillion dollars so far. but he is going to put the pressure on congress to step up on this.”
and house minority leader “kevin mccarthy” on thursday noted the n-d-a-a *will get done… but also pointed to the need to do away with ‘section two-30.’
“we know that we will get an ndaa done as we’ve done for the last 60 years. but we also know that section 230 of what has happened, what i’ve stated back in october, it needs to be repealed. these technology companies are not acting in the manner of why 230 was created to give them protections that they want to pick and choose what goes on. and we see on a daily basis, they don’t need that protection any longer.”
the renewed push to change ‘section two-30’ came earlier this year… when platforms refused to host a ‘new york post’ article detailing a hard drive belonging to “hunter biden”… that linked his business dealings with his father “joe biden.”
the f-c-c in october announced it had the legal authority to interpret ‘section two-30’ and would move forward with rule-making to clarify its meaning… as part of the president’s may executive order.
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