President Trump said late Tuesday he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless Congress repeals Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which he called “a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to ‘Big Tech.'”
The law effectively protects social media platforms from liability over items posted on their platforms, but critics argue that Twitter and Facebook should no longer be shielded as a neutral platform because they operate more like a publisher.
Taking to Twitter, Trump said Big Tech is a “serious threat” to national security and called Section 230 “very dangerous & unfair.”
“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to ‘Big Tech’ (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity. Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand,” Trump tweeted. “Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank you!”
…..Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
In October, while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Section 230 “the most important law protecting internet speech.”
“In removing Section 230, we will remove speech from the internet,” he claimed.
If anyone knows the vast, unchecked power of Big Tech, it would be Donald Trump, who is targeted on a regular basis on Dorsey’s Orwellian censors.
Given the role that Facebook and Twitter played in shaping the outcome of the 2020 election, where the social media platforms reserve the right to determine what is and is not true, and conservative content facing unprecedented scrutiny, there are few on the right who would argue with Trump’s claim that the issue is a threat to national security..
Look no further than the response to the Hunter Biden scandal in the weeks prior to the presidential election. A laptop that belonged to Joe Biden’s son contained emails that linked his father to his Ukraine business dealings, and a business associate came forward to confirm the elder Biden’s participation.
Trump cited Section 230 at the time, while pointing out how the “biggest” story in the world was “nowhere to be found.”
Why isn’t Biden corruption trending number one on Twitter? Biggest world story, and nowhere to be found. There is no”trend”, only negative stories that Twitter wants to put up. Disgraceful! Section 230
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
The corrupt media establishment enacted a complete blackout of the story and both Facebook and Twitter would not allow a New York Post article breaking the news to be disseminated — Twitter even locked the newspaper’s official account.
Dorsey would apologize for the “unacceptable” action taken against the Post — even though Twitter continued to lock the Post out for two-plus weeks after the apology.
A Media Research Center survey found that 45.1% of Biden voters were unaware of Hunter Biden’s controversial business dealings linked to his father as vice president, with 9.4% saying they would have changed their vote had they known.
Here’s a few responses to the story form Twitter:
Make Twitter Good Again
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 2, 2020
Take these Big Tech Terrorists down Mr. President!
— Lauren Witzke (@LaurenWitzkeDE) December 2, 2020
BREAKING;@realDonaldTrump just declared WAR on Big Tech and Section 230!
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) December 2, 2020
While there is consensus Section 230 needs amendment, can it be done quickly, effective to the purposes of ending Big Tech censorship and protecting national security w/o injuring U.S. tech lead? Rather than try for quick rewrite, how about guarantee of a fast track vote in ’21?
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) December 2, 2020
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