Joe Biden Revokes Trump’s Executive Order Against Social Media Platforms

Joe Biden Revokes Trump’s Executive Order Against Social Media Platforms


US President Joe Biden revoked an order from former President Donald Trump against social media platforms on Friday (local time). The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2020, Trump had ordered the US regulatory authorities to limit the liability protection of the social media platforms.

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US President Joe Biden revoked an order from former President Donald Trump against social media platforms on Friday (local time). The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2020, Trump had ordered the US regulatory authorities to limit the liability protection of the social media platforms.

The Center for Democracy and Technology, which sued to block Trump’s May 2020 order, praised Biden’s reversal, arguing that Trump’s order was “an attempt to use retaliatory threats to coerce social media companies into disinformation and let hateful language go unchecked “.

Trump unsuccessfully requested that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set new rules to limit protections for social media companies under the Communications Decency Act of 1996. It protects companies from liability for content posted by their users and allows them to remove legitimate but objectionable posts.

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Trump’s executive order was enacted after Twitter tagged his tweets with allegations of widespread election fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. Trump continued his allegations of election fraud even after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the allegations.

Following Trump’s posts following the January 6th Citol attacks, Twitter and Facebook banned Trump from posting on their websites, and the following day FCC chairman Ajit Pai said he would not comply with Trump’s call to limit social media liability.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter declined to comment, but referred to his original statement on Trump’s order, which described him as “reactionary and politicized”.

(With contributions from agencies)

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