The excitement and alarm that greeted President Trump’s ban from Twitter underscores a fundamental truth about his presidency: The power of presidential speech was the only power of the office that ever meant anything to Trump.
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On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election."
The conspiracy theory posed genuine danger, but Twitter’s action does not signal a new era of accountability for big technology platforms.
In arguing that the social media platform is breaking the law by allowing Iranian officials to tweet, Sen. Ted Cruz ignores crucial speech protections etched into U.S. sanctions law.
During protests in Washington, D.C., a conspiracy theory spread on Twitter that the federal government had cut off communications within and from the city. Twitter users could have been warned.
President Trump on Thursday, May 28, signed an executive order targeting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that protects tech companies from being held liable for third-party content shared on their sites.
Benjamin Wittes talked with Kate Klonick, Eugene Volkh, Jack Balkin and Quinta Jurecic about the executive order and what it means. You can watch that discussion here and below:
Over the past year, lawmakers from Brussels to Washington have discussed whether and how to regulate social media platforms. In Germany, a central question has been whether such platforms—which Germans call social network providers (SNPs)—should be held liable if they fail to delete or remove illegal content.
The Department of Justice submitted an unusual court filing in litigation over the release of the Carter Page FISA, arguing that the president's statements on Twitter concerning the Page FISA should not be assumed to be accurate or based on the president's personal knowledge of the underlying issue. The document, which was filed on Nov. 30 and first flagged by USA Today reporter Brad Heath, is available here and below.