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Chapter : President Trump, Twitter, and Facebook Executives on Social Media Censorship : May 28, October 28, and November 17, 2020
President Trump, Twitter, and Facebook Executives on Social Media Censorship : May 28, October 28, and November 17, 2020
Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, have routinely been attacked by Republicans who believe they censor conservative voices. Their concern reached a fever pitch in May 2020 when Twitter added fact-check messages to some of President Donald Trump’s tweets. Two days later, on May 28, the president issued an executive order targeting a section of federal law that shields social media platforms and other digital content providers from being held liable for certain content posted or removed. In the fall, the Senate called Facebook, Twitter, and Google executives ...