TRUMP SIGNS ORDER ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER GETTING TAGGED BY TWITTER

Updated: May 29, 2020

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on social media on Thursday (Friday in Manila, May 29, 2020), the White House told Jeff Mason and Nandita Bose of Reuters a day or two after Trump felt slighted by Twitter, which questioned his theory about a fraud-ridden mail-in voting for the November 6, 2020 US presidential election and serious concern about his propagating conspiracy theories in his own Twitter account.

Trump had been trying to craft an order for months to punish social media platforms that do not hew closely to his online lies and prevarications and had gone on a rampage after Fox News ran stories on poll surveys that show him losing by double digits in swing states and losing up to 18% among white Protestants to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Rob Lever of Agence France Presse (AFP) wrote early on May 28, 2020 that the Twitter-Trump clash intensifies the political misinformation battle and exposes the authoritarian bent of Trump, while Reuters said the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued the First Amendment of the US Constitution limits any action Trump could take. The Internet Association, which includes Twitter and Facebook among its members, said online platforms do not have a political bias and they offer “more people a chance to be heard than at any point in history.”

Last year, the White House circulated drafts of a proposed executive order about anti-conservative bias which never gained traction, Reuters noted. Tech companies have been accused of anti-competitive practices and violating user privacy. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon face antitrust probes by federal and state authorities and a US congressional panel.