Trump’s “Preventing Online Censorship” Executive Order Is Pro-Censorship Political Theater https://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2020/05/trumps-preventing-online-censorship-executive-order-is-pro-censorship-political-theater.htm
To my knowledge, the instigating issue was well within the bounds of what Twitter was allowed to do. Some other stuff Facebook's been doing? Maybe not.
In fact, I was under the impression that Twitter was actually required to take action against Mr. Trump's tweets under Section 230, due to their policies.
@wizzwizz4 Not really. Section 230 protects companies from getting sued for what their users say on their platforms. They are expected to remove illegal posts, but have a lot of discretion on what rules to make. Section 230 doesn't say anything about how to deal with presidents acting up. No one could have possibly imagined this situation in 1996 @cwebber @mindspillage
I was under the impression that they had to stick by the rules they made, though.
The rules in question are probably de facto, rather than de jure, though, which would make Twitter's behaviour completely by the book.
(I must confess, I didn't even know there was a Section 230 half an hour ago; it's fine if you don't want to explain it to me.)
@wizzwizz4 see here:
It doesn't say very much, it is only a few words, but it has become the legal basis for much of the modern day Internet we now have
@wizzwizz4 @InternetKevin @cwebber I could explain what 230 does and Twitter is allowed to do what it did here, but as usual EFF is already on it: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/05/trump-executive-order-misreads-key-law-promoting-free-expression-online-and
@wizzwizz4 @InternetKevin @cwebber In my (and many others') opinion, the main effect of revoking 230 would be that most sites would simply not allow comments anymore (except for big players like FB/Google who would do heavy handed bot moderation, or very small ones who could review posts/limit users), because they'd be responsible for users' speech.
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