Donald Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies

By Makena Kelly@kellymakena  May 28, 2020, 4:32pm EDT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday targeting tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google and the pivotal internet law that provides them broad legal immunity over content posted by their users.

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트럼프, SNS 규제 행정명령 서명‥입법도 추진(종합)

트위터, 페이스북 유튜브 타격받을 듯

유튜버 등 불이익자들 미국에서 소송 이어질 듯

   도널드 트럼프 미국 대통령은 28일(현지시간) 소셜미디어(SNS)에 대한 규제를 위한 행정명령에 서명했다.

트럼프 대통령은 이날 오후 자신의 집무실에서 소셜미디어와 관련한 행정명령에 서명하면서 관련 입법도 추진하겠다고 말했다.

트럼프 대통령은 행정명령과 관련, 이는 그들이 더는 책임 보호를 받지 못하리라는 것을 의미한다고 말했다.

트럼프 대통령은 지난 26일 우편투표가 선거 조작으로 이어질 수 있다는 자신의 트윗에 트위터가 '팩트체크가 필요하다'는 경고 딱지를 붙이자 언론 자유를 억압하는 것이라며 강하게 반발하고 큰 조치가 뒤따를 것이라며 후속 조치를 예고한 바 있다.

트럼프 대통령은 트위터가 팩트를 체크하거나 무시하기로 선택하는 것은 정치적행동주의에 지나지 않으며 이는 부적절하다고 말했다. 윌리엄 바 법무부 장관도 소셜미디어 기업에 대한 입법안을 준비하고 있으며 소셜미디어 업체를 상대로 소송도 제기할 것이라고 말했다.


다만 트럼프 대통령은 왜 자신의 트위터 계정을 삭제하지 않느냐는 질문에는 "뉴스들이 가짜다. 진짜 뉴스가 나오면 즉시 그렇게 하겠다"고 답했다.

이날 뉴욕증시에서 트위터의 주가는 4.45%, 페이스북은 1.61% 하락마감했다.

뉴욕=백종민 특파원 [아시아경제] 

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“We’re fed up with it,” Trump said in the Oval Office Thursday before signing the order, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The White House released the final executive order Thursday that could pare back platform liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Under Section 230, internet companies have broad immunity from liability for the content their users post on their platforms. The draft order would open the door for the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission to reinterpret the law and allow the Federal Trade Commission to create a tool for users to report bias online.

“That’s a big deal. They have a shield. They can do what they want,” Trump said Thursday. “They’re not going to have that shield.”

According to the order, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration has 60 days to file a petition for rulemaking with the FCC. Upon receiving the petition, the Trump administration is asking that the FCC reinterpret parts of Section 230 and decide what it means for a platform not to be acting in “good faith” under the provision.

Trump announced his plans to sign this executive order after Twitter fact-checked two of his tweets for the first time earlier this week. The tweets made false and misleading claims about mail-in voting and voter fraud, and Twitter labeled them with a link leading users to additional reporting about the issue.

Twitter declined to comment on the executive order, but Facebook put out a statement opposing it. Liz Bourgeois, a Facebook spokesperson, said:


Facebook is a platform for diverse views. We believe in protecting freedom of expression on our services, while protecting our community from harmful content including content designed to stop voters from exercising their right to vote. Those rules apply to everybody. Repealing or limiting section 230 will have the opposite effect. It will restrict more speech online, not less. By exposing companies to potential liability for everything that billions of people around the world say, this would penalize companies that choose to allow controversial speech and encourage platforms to censor anything that might offend anyone.

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