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Trump signs order targeting social media giants

May 29, 2020 11:45 IST

A day after threatening to "shut down" social media after his war with Twitter, US President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday seeking to strip social media giants legal immunity for content on their platforms. If enforced, the action would upend decades of precedent and treat internet platforms as "publishers" potentially liable for user-generated content. The move has been slammed by his critics as a legally dubious act of political revenge. Trump said he acted because big tech firms "have had unchecked power to censor, restrict, or alter any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences."

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