House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump’s planned executive order to limit the legal protections social media companies currently enjoy under federal law “outrageous” and “silly.”
The order would make it easier for federal regulators to hold tech firms such as Twitter and Facebook legally responsible for restricting users’ speech by suspending their accounts or deleting their posts. The plan for an executive order came just days after Trump tweeted criticism about mail-in voting and a Twitter fact-check label disputing the president’s claim appeared beneath one of his tweets for the first time.
“Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 election,” Trump tweeted. “They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”