It will restrict more speech online, not less: Facebook on Trump’s social media order

It will restrict more speech online, not less: Facebook on Trump's social media order

Facebook has criticized US President Donald Trump’s executive order as having the “opposite effect” of “protecting freedom of expression.”

“Facebook is a platform for diverse views. We believe in protecting freedom of expression on our services while protecting our community from harmful content including content designed to stop voters from exercising their right to vote. Those rules apply to everybody. Repealing or limiting section 230 will have the opposite effect,” the company said in a statement. “It will restrict more speech online, not less. By exposing companies to potential liability for everything that billions of people around the world say, this would penalize companies that choose to allow controversial speech and encourage platforms to censor anything that might offend anyone.”

Twitter responded by saying, “This EO is a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law. #Section230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression, and it’s underpinned by democratic values.”

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