On Thursday, President Trump signed a new executive order–to combat anti-conservative bias on social media.
The order uses a 1996 law, the Communications Decency Act, to curtail the censorship power of social media. Currently, the law gives immunity to websites to curate and moderate their own platforms. But Trump’s order will argue that these websites–like Twitter and Facebook–are no longer operating in “good faith.”
“The choices that Twitter makes when it chooses to suppress, edit, blacklist, shadow, ban are editorial decisions, pure and simple,” said Trump. “They’re editorial decisions. In those moments, Twitter ceases to be a neutral public platform and they become an editor with a viewpoint, and I think we can say that about others also — whether you’re looking at Google, whether you’re looking at Facebook and perhaps others.”
The order also attacks social media for carrying the water of the Chinese Communist Party, who has often forced American tech companies to censor and surveil their citizens, as well as spread Chinese propaganda across the world.
Trump’s executive order comes just days after Twitter put a warning up on one of his tweets–claiming that President Trump was lying when he said that mail-in ballots could lead to voter fraud.
But Trump and his team are willing to go to the mat to force social media to be honest.
“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters,” said Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
“Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” he added.