Section 230 protects internet services companies from indecent content posted by users
The bill passed in 1996, long before social media existed
The courts have routinely sided with social media companies in arguments against protection
President Donald Trump threatened to veto a defense bill over a 1996 law that shields websites from liability over content created by their users.
The president said he would veto the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which he called a “liability” that leaves national security and election integrity exposed to risk because of the protection it provides to “Big Tech”
…..Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless the bill includes a measure eliminating a federal law protecting internet companies, known as Section 230.
“If the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk,” Trump tweeted late on Tuesday.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects internet companies from liability over content posted by users and has been under attack from Trump and Republican lawmakers, who have accused tech companies of stifling conservative voices.
The sweeping $740 billion NDAA sets policy for the Department of Defense. It
Powell has claimed that a diabolical scheme backed by global communists had invisibly shifted votes with help from a mysterious computer algorithm pioneered by the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez — a wild story debunked by fact-checkers as a “fantasy parade” and devoid of actual proof.
No real evidence was included in Watkins’ affidavit, either. But Watkins, who said in the affidavit that he lives in Japan, nevertheless speculated that — based on his recent reading of the Dominion software’s online user guide — it may be “within the realm of possibility” for a biased poll worker to fraudulently switch votes.
Watkins’ affidavit marks one of the first official connections between a notable player in the QAnon conspiracy universe and Trump’s muddled multistate legal campaign, which some of the president’s allies have labeled, in the words of Chris Christie, a “national embarrassment.”
But many similar Trump-QAnon overtures have already played
“If the FCC grants the administration’s proposal, no websites or platforms would be able to set their own standards for their online communities,” explained Gaurav Laroia, senior counsel for the grassroots media and democracy group Free Press. “It would seriously threaten the ability of marginalized groups to organize and express their views without the government forcing them to allow racist and sexist interlopers into every conversation. It would leave sites little choice but to drown in posts from bigots, propagandists, conspiracy theorists and trolls.”
Vigilance is required on every front to assure that Trump does not do more damage before Jan. 20. But defenders of honest discourse and the democracy that extends from it should be especially alert to the threat posed by Trump’s pressuring of his FCC minions might crash the internet in response to a presidential fit of pique.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s President Trump’s absurdly tiny desk.
The leader of the free world sat behind what appeared to be a wooden end table of some sort on Thursday, the first time he took questions from reporters since losing the presidential election. At the diminutive table, Trump conducted a video call with troops for Thanksgiving and responded to reporters’ questions about his baseless allegations of election fraud. At one point, Trump snapped at a Reuters White House correspondent, calling him a “lightweight” and saying “don’t talk to me that way” in a moment of pique.
But the internet was all about the desk.
The smooth brown tabletop, four shortish legs, and giant presidential seal barely contained Trump’s 6-foot, 3-inch frame in front of a gaggle of journalists. That, coupled with the strangely unkempt green shag carpet, giant microphone stand, and an untrimmed Christmas tree, made for
Dear reader: The late Sen. John McCain would have been proud of his friend President-elect Joe Biden. The two went back decades – back, even, to before Mr. McCain’s election to Congress. In the late 1970s, when the Arizona Republican was the Navy’s Senate liaison, he used to carry the young Senator Biden’s bags on overseas trips. “That was almost 40 years ago, and by God, I still resent it,” Senator McCain joked at a 2016 event celebrating their enduring bipartisan friendship. They were the recipients of an award for “civility in public life,” a poignant event. But has civility, I wondered, become so rare that notable practitioners merit a prize? Both men were appearing in person, so I decided to go. Here’s the story. Now, civility seems to be in even shorter supply. The presidential election of 2020 was the ugliest in memory, and it’s still winding down. On
The website looks almost identical to Trump’s actual website, DonaldJTrump.com, even using the same main image and font. However, the comedians’ website calls Trump a “loser” six times and has a fictional quote from Trump stating, “I lost the 2020 election.” None of the website’s buttons are linked to any other webpages, essentially making the site just a standalone page.
The comedians, Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler who go by The Good Liars, established the
A pair of pranksters took over the domain DonaldJTrump2024.com and gave it subheadings including “Trump Lost” and “Trump Is a Loser.”
The stunt was carried out by Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, who call themselves “The Good Liars” on Twitter.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump allowed the transition process to begin for President-elect Joe Biden, though he has continued to claim victory. Biden received 306 electoral votes, while Trump received 232.
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Pranksters claimed the domain DonaldJTrump2024.com and plastered it with messages including “Trump Lost the Election.”
Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, a comedy duo also known as “The Good Liars,” said on Twitter on Wednesday that they had the domain name.
The website resembles President Donald Trump’s legitimate website, DonaldJTrump.com, but has subheadings that mock his defeat in this year’s election, including “Trump Lost” and “Trump
A pair of pranksters have taken over the website domain ‘DonaldJTrump2024.com’ and given it subheadings which include ‘Trump Lost’ and ‘Trump is a loser.’
The stunt was carried out by Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, who call themselves ‘The Good Liars,’ on Twitter.
It comes days after Trump allowed the transition process to begin for President-elect Joe Biden, despite continuing to claim victory.
President Trump is projected to have lost the election to Biden by 306 electoral college votes to 232.
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Pranksters have claimed a website domain that could have been used by President Trump for a potential presidential run in 2024, plastering it with messages including one which reads “Trump lost the election.”
Comedy duo Jason Selvig and Davram Steifler, also known as “The Good Liars,” wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that they had claimed the domain name DonaldJTrump2024.com.