uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 Twitter is acting entirely legally before and after the EO. Section 230 is not going anywhere. Trump still enjoys an unfair advantage over everyone else. Anyone else would have been banned from Twitter for saying much less than Trump has. @cwebber @mindspillage

uspol, internet 

@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

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 see here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_
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
@cwebber @mindspillage

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 Trump has that effect on a lot of people @cwebber @mindspillage

uspol, internet 

@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: eff.org/deeplinks/2020/05/trum

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 @InternetKevin @cwebber It happens a lot actually! They butt heads on privacy--as they should--but on many speech issues it's expected.

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 @InternetKevin @cwebber Basically 230 means you can operate a service that accepts and moderates user posts without being treated as if you posted them. Previously, courts were split on what effect moderation had.

uspol, internet 

@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.

uspol, internet 

@mindspillage @wizzwizz4 @cwebber In other words, this EO is just another botched PR exercise that only serves to highlight what a thin skinned and petty man-baby Trump is.

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