uspol, internet 

@cwebber @mindspillage Does this means that he's revoked Facebook, Twitter and Google's protections under Section 230? The blog post says he can't(?), and I can't parse the EO.

To my knowledge, the instigating issue was well within the bounds of what Twitter was allowed to do. Some other stuff Facebook's been doing? Maybe not.

In fact, I was under the impression that Twitter was actually required to take action against Mr. Trump's tweets under Section 230, due to their policies.

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 Twitter is acting entirely legally before and after the EO. Section 230 is not going anywhere. Trump still enjoys an unfair advantage over everyone else. Anyone else would have been banned from Twitter for saying much less than Trump has. @cwebber @mindspillage

uspol, internet 

@InternetKevin @cwebber @mindspillage

> Anyone else would have been banned from Twitter for saying much less than Trump has.

But isn't this a violation of Section 230? In favour of Mr. Trump, yes, but still a violation.

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 Not really. Section 230 protects companies from getting sued for what their users say on their platforms. They are expected to remove illegal posts, but have a lot of discretion on what rules to make. Section 230 doesn't say anything about how to deal with presidents acting up. No one could have possibly imagined this situation in 1996 @cwebber @mindspillage

uspol, internet 

@InternetKevin @cwebber @mindspillage

I was under the impression that they had to stick by the rules they made, though.

The rules in question are probably de facto, rather than de jure, though, which would make Twitter's behaviour completely by the book.

(I must confess, I didn't even know there was a Section 230 half an hour ago; it's fine if you don't want to explain it to me.)

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uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 @InternetKevin @cwebber I could explain what 230 does and Twitter is allowed to do what it did here, but as usual EFF is already on it: eff.org/deeplinks/2020/05/trum

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uspol, internet 

@mindspillage @InternetKevin @cwebber You know it's bad when the EFF is defending Facebook, Google and Twitter.

uspol, internet 

@wizzwizz4 @InternetKevin @cwebber It happens a lot actually! They butt heads on privacy--as they should--but on many speech issues it's expected.

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