During a rally held in Greenville, North Carolina, President Donald Trump criticized the big technology companies because of censorship, so he suggested stripping the technology giants of their protections in section 230.
As indicated by the One America News (OAN), such legislation effectively protects platforms such as Twitter and Facebook from being held accountable for published content; and it also protects them from being held accountable for censorship or noncensorship of certain content.
It is in charge of protecting freedom of expression while providing conditions for technological giants to regulate hate speech or violence, although for President Trump and some other officials, the law allows platforms to override political discourse without any consequences.
“If Big Tech persists, in coordination with the mainstream media, we must immediately strip them of their Section 230 protections,” according to OAN.
On Thursday morning, Oct. 15, during an interview with Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney, President Trump described Twitter and Facebook as tools or extensions of the Democratic National Committee.
“It’s out of control. It’s like a third arm, maybe a first arm, of the DNC. Twitter and Facebook, they’re all, really it’s like a massive campaign contribution. This is a third arm of the DNC, radical left movement.”
Such statements were made after Twitter suspended his campaign account as well as that of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing a story published in the New York Post about the corrupt dealings of Joe and his son Hunter Biden, Townhall reported.
Republican lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee cited Twitter executive director Jack Dorsey as making a statement today, Friday.
“Whether one approves of the information or not, if you selectively suppress information, that’s censorship. In this country, we’ve always advocated a competition of ideas,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Commenting on the controversy, former Facebook Director of Monetization Tim Kendall said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Sept. 12, that Big Tech was having a huge negative impact on democracies.
Kendall, CEO of smartphone app Moment suggested that even the lack of regulation on popular platforms could lead to a civil war in the United States. He said, “Extreme outcomes are the logical end conclusion if there is no action on social media reform during the increasing destabilization of civil society.”
The expert on technological giants said that there are different studies that indicate that false information or false news is spread six times more than true information.