Wednesday, December 2, 2020

President Trump said Tuesday he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless Congress terminates Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which offers legal protections to social media giants. 

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to “Big Tech” (the only companies in America that have it—corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity. Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand,” Trump tweeted. “Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank you!”

While critics have long argued that Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites target conservatives, those accusations became clear to see in the way the tech giants censored the Hunter Biden story in the weeks leading up to the election, which Sen. Ted Cruz said amounted to “election interference.” They believe if these companies are behaving like publishers they should no longer enjoy the legal protections of Section 230, which shields them from being held liable for content published on their platforms.  

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