Trump’s ‘Convoluted’ Executive Order Targeting Twitter and Facebook Lacks ‘Real Teeth,’ Legal Experts Say

Trump faces long odds when it comes to changing Section 230 — but he may still earn a victory by scaring tech companies away from enforcing their moderation policies

President Trump’s latest executive order, targeting the legal protections that allow tech companies like Twitter and Facebook to moderate content without being sued, is unlikely to result in sweeping changes, according to legal experts.

The order, signed on Thursday, calls for the Federal Communications Commission to review Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that gives tech companies the ability to censor or moderate content on their platforms. Section 230, which was enacted in 1996, is also the legal shield that safeguards tech companies from being sued for what its users post. If Section 230 were to be curtailed or changed, it could become a major liability for Twitter, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube.

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Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @SeanB44