Trump instructed Attorney General William Barr to amend the Media Integrity Act.
President Donald Trump signed a decree Thursday on companies running major social networks. It was reported in the White House.
Trump told reporters on Thursday that he instructed Attorney General William Barr to begin working with prosecutors from all states to develop legislation that would allow authorities to combat “deceptive”, according to Trump, methods of social networks.
Speaking to journalists in the White House, the President said the decree he signed was designed to deny social media the legal protection they enjoy under the Media Integrity Act. The law now exempts social networks, with few exceptions, from any legal responsibility for materials published by users.
Trump stressed that the companies that own the social network are in fact monopolies.
Prosecutor General William Barr, who was present at the briefing, said that the administration is now preparing a bill in addition to today’s Trump decree. The White House is going to remove or amend Section 230 of the current Media Integrity Act.
The president has criticized several times the working methods of Twitter Inc, which owns a popular social network Twitter. According to the president, the company’s management is seen to be biased: Twitter, Trump said, is biased in its choice of which entries should be censored or blacklisted.
In addition, Trump said, the way the company selects tweets marked with fact-checking is “inappropriate political activism.
The President admitted that his decree could be challenged in court, but in his opinion, the administration has a good chance of winning all these trials.
Earlier it was reported that by his decree, the President instructed the White House Office of Digital Strategies to redouble its efforts to collect complaints about Internet censorship and to hand them over to the Federal Trade Commission and the Ministry of Justice.
Trump threatened to introduce “strict regulatory measures” against social networks last Wednesday. The president said that, according to the Republicans, “social networks are completely suppressed by conservative voices. He also accused social networks of unsuccessful attempts to silence conservative voices during the 2016 elections. “We can’t let this happen again and in an even more sophisticated way,” Trump tweeted.
On Tuesday, Twitter decided to add to some of Donald Trump’s tweets warnings about the verification of facts contained in the presidency. All the tweets were about the president’s attitude towards voting by mail.