May 28, 2020

Trump to redefine social-media legal protections

AFP US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order redefining the legal protections given to social-media platforms. On Wednesday, Mr Trump accused Twitter of election interference, after it added fact-check links to two of his tweets. The order sets out to clarify the Communications Decency Act, a US law that offers online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube legal protection in certain situations. The long-running dispute between Mr Trump and social-media companies flared up again on Tuesday, when two of his posts were given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time. Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, responded to criticism of the platform's fact-checking policies in a series of posts, saying: "We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally."

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