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Amid Twitter Fight, Trump To Sign Executive Order To Curtail Social Media Liability Protections

A man looks at US President Donald Trumps tweets on a computer.
A man looks at US President Donald Trumps tweets on a computer.
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President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, two days after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.

Trump had threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday, lashing out at the new policy he believed interfered with his political messaging, but he alone can’t do that.

The proposed order would direct executive branch agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to study whether they can place new rules on the companies — though experts expressed doubts much could be done without an act of Congress. 

We dive into the latest. Do you think Trump should be targeting social media companies in this way? What would be the implications for free speech, censorship and fact checking on these tech platforms?

With files from the Associated Press. 


Meridith McGraw, White House reporter for Politico; she tweets @meridithmcgraw

Russell Brandom, policy editor at the Verge; he tweets @russellbrandom