Trump set to target Facebook, Twitter, others *Vows: They won't get away with their actions

By Editor on 12/07/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 88


Trump

President Donald Trump hinted Thursday at new regulations on social media as he gathered critics of major online platforms at a White House “summit.”

Trump invited conservative activists who have been curbed or banned on social media to press his argument that big social networks are discriminating against conservatives, notwithstanding his large online following.

“A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer,” Trump tweeted.

The comments stoked fears that the White House may seek to eliminate the legal framework that protects online services from liability over harmful content posted by others but hosted on their platforms.

Digital rights activists and others warned that removing the protection — codified as Section 230 of a 1996 law — could undermine free speech protections and harm the internet ecosystem.

“The government shouldn’t require — or coerce — intermediaries to remove constitutionally protected speech that the government cannot prohibit directly,” said a letter signed by 27 civic and digital rights organizations and 50 legal scholars.

The letter said such demands would violate the US constitution’s First Amendment on free expression.

“Also, imposing broad liability for user speech incentivizes services to err on the side of taking down speech, resulting in overbroad censorship — or even avoid offering speech forums altogether,” it added.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter — who were not invited to the summit — discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has nearly 62 million followers.

Twitter and Facebook were not invited to a White House “social media summit” where critics of Big Tech were expected to air grievances.

Big internet firms have roundly denied accusations of political bias.

But they also have faced pressure from governments around the world to remove abusive and hateful content as well as conspiracy theories, such as those promoted by Trump and his allies attending Thursday’s White House gathering.

Twitter said last month it would add warnings to tweets from officials and politicians that violate its rules — a move potentially impacting Trump’s prodigious output.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a trade group whose members include Facebook and Google, said the White House event “seems designed to intimidate companies to bias content in favor of whoever is calling the meeting.”

“No private company should be browbeaten by the government into giving a pass to objectionable content that violates company policies,” CCIA president Ed Black said in a statement.

“Social media sites may wish to allow many types of speech, but should not be required to stay neutral on hate or religious intolerance.

 

 

 

Source The Washington Post

Posted on July, 11 2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Intels/NPA unpasse: Reps wade in, set up probe...

ICC T20 African qualifier: Nigeria, Ghana rekindle 'grudge'...

British-born IS terrorist, Jihadi Jack, captured *Trial begins...

BREAKING: Oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, over 120...

Convention: Ex-Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullaji scales first ever...

Kolade Johnson: Killer police now in Ikoyi Prison,...

BREAKING: Ojo, Minority Leader, emerges new Oyo Speaker...

Again, Boko Haram reportedly strikes in Borno village,...

Tariff: Buhari wants to gag Nigerians – Fayose...
Latest News COZA: IG beware, Aisha Buhari warns *Steps in on Dakolo’s police summons BREAKING: Okorocha maintained 260 different bank accounts as Imo governor – panel Angry prostitute beats daughter to death after a night of failed patronage Buhari warns Shi’ites: Enough is enough! *I’ve no hand in El-ZakZaky’s detention BREAKING: Boko Haram kills aid worker, hours after mowing down army colonel, captain I saw hell working in Ghanaian university - sacked Nigerian lecturer BIZARRE: Security arrests man who climbed Lagos-PH bound aircraft CAN to Fulani herdsmen: You're your own enemies *Stop killing Nigerians BREAKING: Army confirms killing of colonel, captain in fresh Boko Haram attack Security: To turn Oyo around, I’ll ensure farmers return to their land, investors' safety

 

Most Read BREAKING: Atiku defects to APGA *Picks ticket for 2019 presidency *Runs with Soludo (57,314 views) BREAKING: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar clinch final Ballon d'Or shortlist, Suarez snubbed (38,114 views) You must release Kanu, give us justice or we keep bombing – Gen. Ben (26,111 views) Seven 'killer' SARS officers arrested in Anambra for murder (23,653 views) I must redeem Ndigbo or die trying – Nwodo *We're quite uncomfortable in Nigeria (22,087 views) Biafra: I’ll lead negotiation with agitators – Okorie *Warns against force (15,203 views) Okorie to Buhari: Your gvt can’t be killing Ndigbo and offering B’Haram amnesty (14,828 views) BREAKING: Upset, as Ugwuanyi appoints Queen of 419 into cabinet (14,807 views) BREAKING: Again DSS shuns court order, hedges on Kanu's release (13,692 views) Catholic bishops to Mbaka: Your prophesies could be brain wave (12,819 views)

 

News Appointments (232) Business (310) Crime (980) Economy (528) Education (215) Entertainment (188) Fashion and Style (64) General (431) Health (434) Inside Africa (336) Interviews (20) National (1210) Politics (3095) Press Releases (3) Religion (202) Security (1452) Sports (2326) Technology (28) World News (551)

 

CBN banner advert

Chelsea Outdoor

Veleta banner

FRSC Officials vs Woman Driver on highway

 

 

Newsletters Subscribe to Whirl Wind News newsletters today and get breaking news and updates delivered to your mailbox!

Sign up

 

Advertisement