Trump’s Order is More Bark Than Bite

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on content moderation by social media companies:

“This order is more bark than actual bite. It is in response to Twitter responsibly upholding its own civic integrity policies and calling the president out on his lies and disinformation about voting and elections. Social media platforms should follow Twitter’s example to protect our democracy.

“While there is a critical need for discussion on potential regulation of social media platforms, this order is likely unlawful and not the appropriate vehicle for a debate on these important matters.

“All social media platforms should combat disinformation about voting and elections, even when it comes from the president. Fact checking is the least that should be done.”

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