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Trump to Sign Executive Order Targeting Twitter, Big Tech Companies

President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order on Thursday aimed at major social media companies after Twitter applied a warning label on one of the presidents Twitter posts.

Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Air Force One, traveling with Trump to Washington from Florida, that Trump will be signing an executive order “pertaining to social media.” She did not provide more details.

The White House pool later confirmed the executive order will be signed on Thursday.

The president posted to Twitter late Wednesday denouncing alleged censorship efforts of “Big Tech” ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom,” Trump wrote.

“I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost,” he added. “Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!”

Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020

The announcement of the potential executive order comes a day after Twitter applied a warning label on the presidents Twitter post where he had expressed concerns over mail-in voting.

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Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), announced on Wednesday that they are working on legislation that would remove federal protections for companies like Twitter that release the company from being held liable for what is posted on its platform.

Publishers can be held liable for any content they post, while social media platforms are protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

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“I will introduce legislation to end these special government giveaways,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. “If [Twitter] wants to editorialize & comment on users posts, it should be divested of its special status under federal law (Section 230) & forced to play by same rules as all other publishers. Fair is fair.”

.@jack a few questions for you below. Bottom line: Why should @twitter continue to get special treatment from government as a mere distributor of other peoples content if you are going to editorialize and comment like a publisher? Shouldnt you be treated like publisher? pic.twitter.com/JwDKc3gSyN

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 27, 2020

Hawley also shared a letter he sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding a response by June 15 to provide “the sources on which Twitter relied to decide to editorialize regarding the Presidents political speech.” The senator also asked Dorsey to “explain why you think thRead More From Source