Attorney General William Barr just completely ended it. Millions of Americans across the nation are stunned — they never expected this to happen, but many are cheering the decision as a positive step forward.
“These companies grew because they held themselves out as public forums,” said Barr, as President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end censorship on social media platforms. It is an unprecedented move.
However, as Barr said in his remarks: “Now that they’ve become these very powerful networks of eyeballs. They’ve now switched and they are using that market power to force particular viewpoints.”
The intend of Trump’s executive order, then, is to encourage social media companies to choose whether they are going to be unbiased public forums or publishers of content intended to sway opinion.
Earlier this week, Trump was ‘fact-checked’ by Twitter for sharing concerns about vote-by-mail becoming standard. “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” he said.
This resulted in Twitter flagging his tweet with a message that said, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” Clicking the message brings viewers to a list of articles from CNN, the Washington Post, and NBC News disputing his claim.
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