Trump Tweets ‘Repeal Section 230,’ Something He Couldn’t Do if Section 230 Were Repealed
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted “REPEAL SECTION 230!!!” The three exclamation points underscore his enthusiasm for undoing the federal statute that protects social media companies from liability for user-generated content.
REPEAL SECTION 230!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
It’s an ironic statement since, without the existence of Section 230, Trump very well might not be able to tweet it. If Congress were to remove social media platforms’ liability protection, then companies like Twitter and Facebook would have no choice but to remove users’ ability to post content at-will. Instead, moderators would have to vet and approve content to make sure that it wasn’t potentially libelous.
This would exacerbate the very problem that many conservatives have with social media—namely, that Twitter (and to a lesser extent, Facebook) sometimes takes aggressive action against provocative right-wing speech, by labeling the content as misleading or removing it outright. In some cases, the platforms’ treatment
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