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Trump’s anti-bias order sounds like a nonsensical warning shot against Facebook

The Verge Monday, 12 August 2019
Trump’s anti-bias order sounds like a nonsensical warning shot against FacebookIllustration by James Bareham / The Verge

The Trump administration is supposedly drafting an executive order to stop “bias” on sites like Facebook and Twitter — an unprecedented government push to control how platforms moderate content. CNN reported some broad details on the proposal, supposedly called “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship,” last week. It says the White House wants federal agencies to start policing social media moderation by “clarifying” when companies can invoke an important legal shield.

According to CNN, the order targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability over what users post. But the president can’t just rewrite the law, so he’s reportedly planning to ask the Federal Communications Commission to...

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