President Trump will sign an executive order–designed to combat social media’s anti-conservative bias.
The draft order, which has not been released to the public but has been released to some of the media, will apparently attempt to use a 1996 law, the Communications Decency Act, to curtail the censorship power of social media.
The Communications Decency Act currently 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.”
“In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey online,” the draft order states. “This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power.”
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.