‘Boy did Jack Dorsey step in it,’ says Ari Fleischer reacting to Trump’s expected executive order targeting social media companies
“If President Trump doesn’t like Twitter, he can do everyone a favor and stop tweeting,” the Democratic senator tweeted.
The disagreement grew out of Twitter’s decision this week to fact-check one of President Trump’s tweets – the first time it has done so.
On Thursday, which the president declared would be a “big day for social media and fairness,” a draft leaked of an executive order that would curtail some of the legal protections social media platforms enjoy that traditional media platforms do not.
It aims, in part, to crack down on freedoms given to Internet outlets in a 1996 federal law that says they cannot be considered “the publisher or speaker” responsible for third-party content posted to their platforms.
Despite Schumer’s swipe at Trump’s Twitter usage, other Democratic leaders have criticized social media outlets and their handling of information posted to their platforms.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday argued that Twitter hadn’t gone far enough with its fact-check of the president, and she also accused Facebook of pandering to the White House to maximize its profits.
“Facebook, all of them, they’re all about making money,” she said. “Their business model is to make money at the expense of the truth and the facts that they know. And they defend that.”
And former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential nominee, told the New York Times in January that the section of that 1996 law that now protects social media companies “should be revoked.”
It’s unlikely that the law can be fully undone by executive order alone.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.