(NewsReady.com) – Social media platforms are in hot water. President Donald Trump issued an executive order aimed to strip them of their immunity from lawsuits if they keep censoring Americans. The move came after Twitter added a fact-check alert to two of the president’s tweets. Recently, the country’s top lawyer agreed that something’s going on.
During an interview with Fox News’ “Special Report,” host Bret Baier asked Attorney General William Barr if he thought social media was censoring conservatives and the president. The AG responded by saying the companies “…are now engaged in censorship.” He went on to say the companies are “…acting much more like publishers.”
That’s an important distinction, because if social media sites are acting like publishers, then they’re liable for the content posted. In other words, people can sue them. That’s the meat behind Trump’s executive order.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2020
Barr’s interview with Baier makes it obvious the president’s administration hasn’t forgotten about the problem with social media companies. With the election right around the corner, it’s more important than ever before that Americans be allowed to express their rights.
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