Washington D.C :
President of United States Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday, aimed at increasing the ability of the government to regulate social media platforms.
The order states that “Online platforms are engaging in selective censorship that is harming our national discourse. Tens of thousands of Americans have reported, among other troubling behaviors, online platforms “flagging” content as inappropriate, even though it does not violate any stated terms of service; making unannounced and unexplained changes to company policies that have the effect of disfavoring certain viewpoints; and deleting content and entire accounts with no warning, no rationale, and no recourse.”
The order specially mentions Twitter which has been accused of censoring content and biasedly flagging content, “Twitter now selectively decides to place a warning label on certain tweets in a manner that clearly reflects political bias. As has been reported, Twitter seems never to have placed such a label on another politician’s tweet.”
The order said that it is the policy of the United States that large online platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, as the critical means of promoting the free flow of speech and ideas today, should not restrict protected speech.
The order also orders the heads of each executive department and agency (agency) shall review its agency’s Federal spending on advertising and marketing paid to online platforms.
Meanwhile in response, Twitter has started flagging President Trump’s tweet, in clear defiance of the order.