Trump’s ‘big action’ on social media rests on limited legal powers
President Donald Trump is finally set to deliver on his long-threatened campaign to launch a counterstrike against social media companies that have fact-checked, downgraded or booted some of his most vocal online supporters — and in one new high-profile instance, himself.
But his efforts also reveal how little legal recourse he may have to target Silicon Valley giants protected by the First Amendment, gridlock in Congress and reluctance from within his own party. The strategy relies on an expected executive order that would seek to limit the scope of a 1996 law that shields tech companies from many lawsuits.
Posted on June 2, 2020