President Donald Trump has again threatened to veto a national defense law if there is no legislation terminating Section 230 of the Communications Act, which protects Internet providers and technology companies from liability for content published on their platforms.
“I’m going to veto the Defense Law, which will make China very unhappy. They love it, ”wrote the president. “Must have Section 230 terminated, protect our national monuments, and allow the removal of military personnel from far-flung and highly valued countries. Many Thanks!”
I will veto the defense law, which will make China very unhappy. They love it. Must be terminated under Section 230, protecting our national monuments, and allowing the removal of military from distant and highly appreciative countries. Many Thanks! https://t.co/9rI08S5ofO
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2020
What the president doesn’t mention is that the defense law was passed in Congress with a veto-safe majority. Advisors have urged Trump not to veto the bill as he will have little benefit from the move, especially since his term ends in just over a month. They also advised against vetoing the law because “it could, as Reuters reported,” affect Republicans’ ability to hold two seats in the US Senate from Georgia, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Trump called Removal of Section 230 “A National Security and Election Integrity MUST”.
It looks like certain Republican senators are getting cold feet for ending Big Tech Section 230, a MUST for national security and electoral integrity. Everyone has been talking for years, no action. The termination must be included in the Defense Act !!!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2020
Critics have stated that repeal would allow the president to investigate his political opponents and anyone who spoke out against him.
Removing section 230 would also change the way we communicate on the Internet as we know it, according to free speech proponents. Without Section 230, tech companies would have to monitor the information on their platforms or abandon user-generated content altogether. The protection of the “Good Samaritan” in section 230 enables the removal of obscene or offensive statements that are considered a Brookings Institution noticed: “provides the primary legal basis for today’s content moderation regulations. “
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