President Trump signed an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies such as Twitter, accusing them of having “unchecked power” and escalating his feud with the popular digital platforms he relies on as a political bullhorn as he runs for reelection.Trump’s order aims to limit the companies’ legal immunity for how they moderate content posted by users, a goal that legal experts said exceeds the president’s authority unless he persuades Congress to change the law. But the move could increase political and financial pressure on Twitter, Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley giants by opening the door to lawsuits and regulatory reviews. Trump, who has a history of ordering executive actions that have little direct impact, acknowledged that his latest order is all but certain to face court challenges. Legal experts said it is unlikely to pass judicial muster. Advertisement Technology The facts about Section 230, the internet speech law Trump wants to change Technology The facts about Section 230, the internet speech law Trump wants to change Trump’s executive order targeting Twitter is based on a law called Section 230 — which may be the most important law for speech on the internet The president acted two days after… Read full this story
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