Trump: Big Tech Must Be Stripped of Immunities for 'National Security'
President says Section 230 liability protections must end now
President Donald Trump has called for Big Tech’s Section 230 liability protections to be ended immediately, citing reasons of “national security.”
The president posted to Twitter on Thursday night his call for the “immediate” termination of Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act.
Section 230 offers legal protections for social media platforms that would normally apply to publishers.
Big Tech receives those immunities on the condition they don't take an editorial role in the content shared on their platforms - a condition they have broken by blocking content and meddling in the information flow.
Trump says the time has now come for those liability protections, granted to social media companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, to end for “purposes of national security.”
For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
Currently, Big Tech companies claim they act as a neutral platform, meaning that they receive certain protections from what people post on their site under Section 230, which gives them a “liability shield,” according to National File.
However, given that they have engaged in the censorship of conservatives, they act more like a publisher, who is more liable for what is on their site.
The announcement followed a tweet from President Trump that attacked Twitter for “sending out totally false ‘Trends’ that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world.”
He argued that the trends are simply made up, and they are only “negative” ones.
“Same thing will happen to Twitter as is happening to Fox News daytime.
"Also, big Conservative discrimination!” the President concluded.
Twitter is sending out totally false “Trends” that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world. They make it up, and only negative “stuff”. Same thing will happen to Twitter as is happening to @FoxNews daytime. Also, big Conservative discrimination!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
This is not the first time that the President has called for the end of Section 230.
Last month, Facebook and Twitter removed a story from the New York Post about emails between Joe Biden and his son Hunter obtained from the notorious "laptop from hell."
The companies didn't provide any good reason for blocking the report, that alleged mass corruption, other than they were damaging to Democrat nominee Biden's presidential campaign.
The laptop leak smothering move also led Trump to call for the repeal of Section 230.
However, this is the first time that the call has been made to do it “immediately,” and also the first time “national security” has been posited as a reason for doing so.
So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost. It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!!! https://t.co/g1RJFpIVUZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2020
The president’s actions may have had something to do with the behavior of Big Tech over the course of this election.
Throughout the election, a large number of the president’s tweets and other social media postings, along with those of many of his supporters, have been labeled as misinformation.
The situation even led Tucker Carlson to argue that Big Tech rigged the election in favor of Joe Biden “in plain sight.”
Only this week, the personal Twitter account of Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano was banned.
The move came after the Senator had organized a hearing in his state’s legislature about the vast irregularities that took place in this month’s presidential election.
In May this year, the president signed an executive order that would strip the liability shield away from Big Tech companies if they engaged in “censoring or any political conduct.”
As National File reported:
The executive order also instructs Attorney General William Barr to work with the states to develop their own legislation regarding censorship online, and also instructs his adminstration to start developing policies to “ensure taxpayer dollars are not going to any social media that suppresses free speech."
The president noted that Big Tech companies have had “unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any communication between private citizens and large public audiences.”