Trump signs executive order seeking regulations on social media

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order seeking to chip away at regulations protecting social media companies from lawsuits over content posted on their platforms. Trump’s announcement came two days after Twitter for the first time labeled two of his tweets “potentially misleading.

Trump said the “unchecked power” of social media giants presents a dire threat to free speech, and he told federal agencies to review protections for companies such as Twitter and Facebook under a 1996 law shielding websites from lawsuits.

Critics said Trump was overstepping his authority and threatening the First Amendment rights of private companies.

“(Trump) is trying to steal for himself the power of the courts and Congress to rewrite decades of settled law,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

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