Trump may punish Google, Facebook, and Twitter for 'political bias'

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What you need to know

  • President Donald Trump is likely to sign an executive order against social media companies on Thursday.
  • The order could allow federal regulators to apply constraints to social media companies such as Twitter, Google and Facebook for "political bias."
  • For a long time, Trump has alleged that major social media companies are biased against conservatives.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday that could significantly limit the immunity given to social media and other online platforms by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. As per a report from Washington Post, the order will enable federal regulators to hold social media companies responsible for the comments, videos, and other content posted on their platforms by users.

Once the order is signed by the President and the scope of the law protecting social media companies is reconsidered, the Federal Trade Commission could probe the content-moderation policies of the companies to ensure that they are "keeping with their pledges of neutrality." Federal agencies may also be required to review their social media advertising spending.

The move comes just two days after one of Trump's tweets was labeled as "potentially misleading" by Twitter and linked to a curated fact-check page with news articles that debunked the President's claims. In a later tweet, Trump threatened to strongly regulate or close down social media platforms that try to "silence" voices of conservatives.

Despite being one of the most influential social media users in the world, Trump has been claiming for a long time that tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a bias against conservatives. Last year, Trump accused Google of "manipulating" millions of votes during the 2016 election.

The Justice Department is likely to file antitrust charges against Google

Babu Mohan
News Writer
  • Just another day in the Trump circus, move along.
  • So not promoting blatant lies is political bias? Gotcha.
  • Wow! Where were the Twitter "fact checkers" when Adam Schiff et al were spreading lies about Russian Collusion or Comey was lying about the funding for the fake dossier, or Obama was denying shipping guns to the Mexican drug lords?
  • I totally agree with you Richard.
  • You named 3 things. Trump lies everything he opens his mouth.
  • Same here in the UK with Boris Johnson who's our own Trump.
  • I, for one, think this is a good thing. Freedom of speech has been obliterate by the bias of Facebook,YouTube and others.
  • Too bad something couldn't be done against all the pro liberal media.
  • Interesting statistic I read about:
    Did you know: 1 out of 3 Trump supporters are as stupid as the other 2!
  • At 68yo.i never thought I'd be living in a communist governed country. God help us all.
  • Thank God the communist is already out of office and should be indicted soon.
  • @mn1225 amen to that. Looking forward to that indictment.
  • You have been watching too much mainstream media. Get your head out of the sand sir.
  • Sorry but you need to sort these advertising out blaring out full volume I don't mind seeing adds but mute that volume.
  • For real though, it's absolutely ridiculous. I always turn my media volume off before perusing this ridiculous app because the idiots at AC think firing off abrupt loud a$$ ads is acceptable practice... Bunch of clowns running this site now...
  • Obummer and his cronies need hanging for corruption and treason. It's the same over here in the uk.
    The UK has gone to far we are entering into a north Korea state. It won't be untill it's too late before these middle left voting realise what's happening.
    And women won't have any rights banned from driving **** state is coming.
  • Hanging!? WTF? Seriously?
  • The rabid right will get what they deserve when people start to wake up to the likes of Boris buffoon and the orange oaf Trump
  • This is one time I agree with Trump, Politics has no place in Google, Apple, Facebook or Twitter ,,, etc.
  • Really.. What do you think Trump is doing.
  • If 5hats true, he's got yo be the first one to have his fingers sawed off.
  • Trump is a hypocrite.
  • Damn. This country and world are becoming a dumpster fire. Hanging people? Sawing off fingers? Killing liberal media, censoring speech you don't agree with? Conspiracy theories gleefully believed with no facts provided to back it up. All on display right here at Android Central. You guys should be proud opening the door to this garbage with your click bait.
  • This garbage is everywhere this story is reported. I knew we had a lot of dumb people, but it's worse than I thought.
  • Trump will punish Facebook and Twitter?! Oh no! Not that! The horror! Noooooooooo...
  • Maybe some of you haven't actually the Constitution, or Amendments. Let me quote the 1st one. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
    Let me pull out the salient bit. "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; …" There is nothing there that says Facebook, Google, The Washington Post, etc. have to be fair and unbiased. Congress, as the legislative arm of the government can't restrict the free speech of the people. We do have other laws that restrict what speech may not be legal, and the ramifications of that speech. Of all the entities that can suppress criticism of the government, the Government is not one of them. For a darn good reason.
  • Once they became the public square those ablilities of a private company are severly curtailed. This is really the same thing as having the phone carriers block your call because of what you have and would say since they don't agree with it. I saddened you don't see that distinction.
  • Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are willful, decision making PUBLISHERS, not open platforms, and should NOT retain liability protections.
  • The orange oaf is paranoid, I'm all for free speech but we shouldn't allow that to extend to racism being acceptable and we all know Donald Trump is a racist.