Trump To Sign Order After Twitter Adds ’Fact Check’ To His Tweets


 

US President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order today, Thursday, May 28.

The order is aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, and this comes two days after he lashed out against Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.

On Wednesday, May 27 he threatened social media companies with new regulation, lashing out that the new policy he believed interfered with his political messaging.

The proposed order would direct the executive agencies; the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to study whether they can place new rules on the social media technology companies, though experts have expressed much doubts if anything could be done without an act of Congress.

This is not the first time the Trump administration has tried it, as a similar executive order was previously considered but was shelved over concerns it couldn’t pass legal muster and that it violated conservative principles on deregulation and free speech rights.

It was, however, outlined that the draft order on the condition of anonymity was still being finalised this morning. But a draft began circulating on Twitter because of a tweet by Trump himself.

He tweeted to his over 80 million followers, “This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!” 

However, with the legal ramifications, this might not be a day for Trump to triumph over Twitter and other social media sites.

 

Shannon-Dale Reid


 

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