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Donald Trump’s executive order is ‘plainly illegal,’ says co-author of Section 230

The Verge Thursday, 28 May 2020
Donald Trump’s executive order is ‘plainly illegal,’ says co-author of Section 230Photo by Erin Schaff for The Verge

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is calling Donald Trump’s proposed executive order “plainly illegal” in a new statement on Thursday. The draft executive order would pare back platform liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a bill Wyden coauthored in 1996 with Sen. Chris Cox (R-CA).

Under Section 230, internet companies have broad immunity from liability for the content created by their users. The draft order, announced on Wednesday, would open the door for the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission to reinterpret the law, and authorize the Federal Trade Commission to craft a tool for reporting bias online.

The Communications Decency Act was approved in 1996 and authored by Sens. Chris Cox...
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