Drafts of a proposed executive order that would address the anti-conservative bias by social media companies have been circulating the White House, a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter told Politico.
“If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system.” the White House official said to Politico.
According to Politico, an obstacle for the executive order is “a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which both protects online platforms from liability for content their users post and empowers the companies to remove content without fear of liability.” But, this assumes that the social media company is, in fact, a platform. If the social media companies are deciding what material can be posted then they are not platforms, they are publishers, and, therefore, liable for the material posted. When the companies add a level of filtration to decide whether it is okay for the content to be posted on their site, they accept responsibility for that content.
I would like to see the president break up the large tech companies like Apple and Google because of the obvious damage they are doing to our national security. Hopefully, the Justice Department’s ongoing antitrust review of these companies will conclude that they are stifling competition.