Despite shaky legality, Trump’s Section 230 executive order is still dangerous

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The White House’s plan to loosen social networks’ protections against being sued may be more about intimidation than legislation. When Donald Trump issued his May 28 executive order on “online censorship,” it looked like little more than a temper tantrum. The announcement came down the day after Twitter took the unprecedented step of labeling two presidential tweets with fact check information. Read Full Story

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Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden

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The senator who wrote Section 230 weighs in on the president’s executive order, which attacks social media platforms by aiming to reduce legal protections for the content their users post. Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could take away social media companies’ current exemption from civil suits stemming from harmful content posted to the platforms by users. That exemption is part of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was written back in 1996 by Congressmen Ron Wyden of Oregon and Chris Cox of California and has been called the “internet’s First Amendment.” Read Full Story

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Twitter and Jack Dorsey face mounting backlash for Trump’s tweets about Joe Scarborough

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Twitter users urged Jack Dorsey to do something about Trump implying without evidence that Joe Scarborough was involved in the death of a onetime intern. Twitter users are calling out CEO Jack Dorsey after the company refused to take down tweets by President Trump, who insinuated without evidence that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was somehow involved in a 2001 death. Read Full Story

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How Trump’s executive order threatens anti-racist workplace trainings

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In just weeks, the order has undermined the work of diversity and inclusion consultants—just as many companies were committing to racial equity work. When President Trump issued an executive order in late September that took aim at diversity and inclusion training, McKensie Mack wasn’t surprised. The executive order effectively barred federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients from conducting any trainings that might promote “divisive concepts”—suggesting the U.S. is “fundamentally racist or sexist,” for example—or “race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating,” which could encompass anything from white privilege to unconscious bias. Read Full Story

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