August 2, 2021

Trump calls for termination of Section 230 due to big tech censorship

President Trump lashed out at Twitter and other big tech companies on Thursday, calling for the elimination of Section 230, a portion of US code that affords protections to online media platforms against certain kinds of lawsuits.

Conservative lawmakers have raised concerns in recent months that tech companies, especially social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, are unfairly hiding behind the Section 230 protections while using their power to censor opposing opinions.

Trump tweeted late Thursday night, “for purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!” The president did not provide any further clarification as to what his particular national security concerns were.

Section 230 allows media platforms to avoid being held liable for the independent content published on their sites. However, many have accused these platforms of acting more like publishers due to the censoring of content and curation of typically left-leaning narratives — and thus not eligible for Section 230’s protections.

Twitter, which has become the center of political discourse, has interfered heavily in the election cycle, harshly censoring President Trump and his supporters as Democrats face little pushback despite evidence of election irregularities.

Most recently, Twitter blocked users from sharing a link to attorney Sidney Powell’s website which contains information about a new lawsuit with major new voter fraud accusations.

Information is no longer allowed to be freely shared on Twitter, making it less of an information-exchanging platform and much more of a traditional publisher like the Washington Post or the New York Times. 

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager chimed in on the controversy on Friday morning during an appearance on Fox & Friends, calling Twitter “thuggish” in its censorship of dissenting opinions.

“Twitter is the worst. Twitter is thuggish,” Prager declared, pointing to the media takedown of hydroxychloroquine — a controversial COVID-19 therapy touted by Trump — as an example.

“And do you know that Twitter takes down doctors, epidemiologists, other scientists who simply say hydroxychloroquine might work?” Prager continued. “That is enough to be removed from Twitter, to have your account closed down, if you are a doctor. This is a lie, by the way, like everything else that comes from the left. I never talk about liberals. I’m talking about the left. Truth is not a value to them. They don’t follow the science. They follow scientists with whom they agree. It’s a very important distinction. The left does not follow science. So that if thousands of scientists like the Great Barrington Declaration … said the lockdown is a catastrophe, it’s not even reported. And if you do report it, Twitter will take you down.”

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Loretta (@guest_1080126)
8 months ago

I never go on Twitter, awful people run that establishment.

LORETTA NEWELL (@guest_1080321)
Reply to  Loretta
8 months ago

I NEVER SAID THAT, BUT I AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT!!!!!

Helen R Treichel (@guest_1080127)
8 months ago

It’s about time. They have done a lot of damage.

iamvirgo (@guest_1080189)
Reply to  Helen R Treichel
8 months ago

I had both Twitter & Facebook accounts & I will never use either again after what Jack Dorsey & Mark Zuckerberg have done in censoring information on their platforms! Both lied to Congress when they were summoned to answer questions & I’m thrilled that President Trump is moving to end Section 230! They are funding a lot of liberal efforts & should be punished!

Vladimir (@guest_1080367)
Reply to  iamvirgo
8 months ago

I agree, and am closing my accounts on both.

steveo (@guest_1080510)
Reply to  iamvirgo
8 months ago

i did the same and i’m now on parler!

NoName (@guest_1080581)
Reply to  iamvirgo
8 months ago

DITTO!!!!!!!!!

MSPS (@guest_1080253)
Reply to  Helen R Treichel
8 months ago

If it bites the hand that feeds it, don’t just pull it’s teeth, take the tongue too!

paw paw (@guest_1080268)
Reply to  MSPS
8 months ago

DITTO!

Deplorable Lanie (@guest_1080131)
8 months ago

It is about time that Twitter lose its protections! For far too long, they have acted like thugs, shutting down those they disagree with and allows those that say things they like, to freely spew whatever drivel they approve of! It is pathetic and discriminatory!

Mike Borelli (@guest_1080164)
Reply to  Deplorable Lanie
8 months ago

will someone of the leftist culture try to dispute this (and other) claim without using subjective language and only empirical facts? I’ll wait.

Marvin (@guest_1080572)
Reply to  Mike Borelli
8 months ago

Subjective, facts, and empirical are not in their vocabulary! Only name calling, insults and denigration!

Mary (@guest_1080132)
8 months ago

Go for it President Trump! You rock!

iamvirgo (@guest_1080192)
Reply to  Mary
8 months ago

We stand with you President Trump!

RowZ (@guest_1080239)
Reply to  Mary
8 months ago

That’s what I say too!! God bless our great President!

Robert W (@guest_1080387)
Reply to  RowZ
8 months ago

Amen to that. Now President Trump “get er done” ASAP!!!!!

Marvin (@guest_1080578)
Reply to  Robert W
8 months ago

First POTUS in many years who has actually worked for the American people, rather than for himself or his supporters! TRUMP 2020, 2024, 2028!

Tommie (@guest_1080134)
8 months ago

FINALLY!!!!!

Mike Borelli (@guest_1080166)
Reply to  Tommie
8 months ago

yours may be a premature optimism, as these problems have been known and discussed for some years now, and nothing substantial has changed anything: so far it’s all just been words.

AJ (@guest_1080610)
Reply to  Mike Borelli
8 months ago

I Agree😡 Nothing ever happens to swamp rat politicians. No matter how much evidence they come up with

Michael G Warren (@guest_1080135)
8 months ago

Four more GREAT years of TRUMP PENCE!! KAG!! (Never Biden, twitter, CNN, etc.)

Nanny (@guest_1080190)
Reply to  Michael G Warren
8 months ago

Its about time!!!

Bev Padjune (@guest_1080939)
Reply to  Michael G Warren
8 months ago

Amen!!! Go President Trump!!! Down with Twitter and Facebook

Claxson 68 (@guest_1080138)
8 months ago

Section 230 should be eliminated. Facebook & Twitter are extremely bias & should face the possibility of getting heavily sued for it. Many people base their views on what is said on these two platforms & never hear both sides of a story. Both Facebook & twitter should be broken up!

DWB (@guest_1080165)
Reply to  Claxson 68
8 months ago

Claxson 68, that sounds like a good plan to me.

iamvirgo (@guest_1080193)
Reply to  Claxson 68
8 months ago

10,000% agree!

Marvin (@guest_1080586)
Reply to  Claxson 68
8 months ago

Their bias is totally obvious, when their only argument in defense of all their leftist opinions is that we are “slaves” to FOX, we’re crazy, stupid, idiots! They present no rational arguments!

Linda M. (@guest_1080142)
8 months ago

Anyone that denies you your Constitutional rights should be banned. But this is what the Liberals do. Just allow THEIR opinions to be heard or printed…..Never used Twitter and I never will.

Lily Smith (@guest_1080144)
8 months ago

Thank goodness for Parler and Rumble free speach. Parler is a combo of Twitter and FB……..

Newsmax download the app it is free……. Greg Kelly show is great

Marvin (@guest_1080589)
Reply to  Lily Smith
8 months ago

Absolutely! NewsMAX is putting FOX to shame!

Kevin (@guest_1080146)
8 months ago

It’s about time…it’s time to put the hammer down on all funding from the likes of Sorros, Gates, The Clintons and the Main Stream Media. There should be laws against the biased censorship we have been dealt. Not to mention invasion of privacy and our personal information sold to the highest bidder.

Patricia J Pinskey (@guest_1080154)
Reply to  Kevin
8 months ago

I PRAY IT IS ALL COMING TO A HEAD. THE EVIL BUNCH GETS WHAT THEY DESERVE. THEY HATE AMERICAN SO MUCH ….WHY DON’T THEY JUST LEAVE AND GO TO VENEZUELIA. NO ONE WILL EVER MISS THEIR EVIL WAYS.
” NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW”

NoName (@guest_1080588)
Reply to  Patricia J Pinskey
8 months ago

Thank you — well stated & how many of us feel & have for a very long time. Tired of people’s dissatisfaction with our Constitution and Amendments; distruction of Statues and our cities, being destroyed. They don’t like it here – get a one way ticket, you think is better suited to your wants and needs. Leave the United States of America, as our forefathers built it and our military fought to save. AMEN!

Bev Padjune (@guest_1080940)
Reply to  NoName
8 months ago

Amen Amen!!! Thank God for President Trump!!!!

Mike Borelli (@guest_1080173)
Reply to  Kevin
8 months ago

“it’s about time…it’s time to…” are trite and disposible phrases that all politians, car salesmen and other officials over use: it’s already been time: the time has been long ago.

Marvin (@guest_1080594)
Reply to  Kevin
8 months ago

Soros should be brought to justice for sedition! He’s already spent over $40 billion of his own dollars in his efforts to destroy America!

deb (@guest_1080149)
8 months ago

Do It.Free Speech.Our Constitution.Not CCP.Zurkurman married to Asian Woman.His wife & Sister OWN A RESTRAUNT IN CALI.THAT IS A CANNABLE RESTAURANT.THATS RIGHT WHAT WE HAVE W/ELITES ARE DEVILS. TERM Limits!!!!! in Congress!!! Tax Payers pay them to Kill US & Kill our Constitution.Wake Up People.

Dan F. (@guest_1080150)
8 months ago

You could say the sky was green on Twitter, and in an hour you would have thousands of “likes” and hundreds of shares. The bad part is…..ALL THOSE FOLKS WOULD BELIEVE YOU !!!!!!!
When President Trump closed down travel to/from the far east, all the demos said he was zenophobic. Now they say he didn’t do enough soon enough. WTF !!! AND….half the doctors and experts agreed with him on his tactics.

Kenneth R Kehl (@guest_1080157)
8 months ago

Accountability

deb (@guest_1080161)
8 months ago

Persendent 45 WON 2020 Election…410 electrol votes…45 just FIRED H.KISSENGER M ALBRIGHT JANE HARTMAN FROM PENTAGON…AMEN… TRAITORS ALL OF THEM.. TERM LIMITS..CALIFORNIA WENT RED.ADUIT THERE VOTE. SCHIFF PELOISE WALTERS HARRIS SHCUMER DURBIN HAWAII SEN.ROMNEY INVOLVED W /VOTING MACHINES SO WAS RNC CHAIR RONNA MITTS NIECE

Shelley R Mason (@guest_1080175)
8 months ago

President Trump is right., these places object to everything republicans say. like i noticed, it was so bad yesterday.this is not a free country anymore it is so corrupted and so crazy. Every lie that the dems say is repeated over and over and over- Yet they will not let our words be known. Any of them. I am a relatively calm, mild-mannered person. Yet I am getting so boiling mad that they print lies NONSTOP. Please. GOD AND MR. TRUMP HELP US! now *I suppose they will not print this to censor me.

Bev Padjune (@guest_1080942)
Reply to  Shelley R Mason
8 months ago

I agree!!!!!

Daniel (@guest_1080187)
8 months ago

Invoke Sevtion 230 Me President. Time to TAKE THEM DOWN FPR THE THUGS THEY ARE. ONCE DONE, SEND THEM LOCK STOCK AND BARREL TO CHINA.

Jon (@guest_1080199)
8 months ago

Well now Is the time to charge Facebook and Twitter ceo with election interference. WHAT the hell is barr waiting for

Margaret (@guest_1080257)
8 months ago

Wish they would censor them for awhile, wish it would also censor cnn, cnbc, all google, just dump them

Tad Pole (@guest_1080318)
8 months ago

twatter and fakebook have become the equivalent of ‘utilities’ in that millions upon millions of users get ALL of their news and opinion from these monopolistic sewers…
In years past, the fascistcrats were very eager to break up Republican-owned utility monopolies…these monopolies should be broken up NOW…
Months ago President Trump was warned about their enormous power and influence to control the outcome of elections…indeed, 2018 was a very clear display…something should have been done then…now it’s too late…if soros and his puppet fingers biden are able to steal this election, there will never be another fair election in this country.

William Frank Kirkland (@guest_1080320)
8 months ago

watching a video of trump supporters on You Tube, was interested in joining, only to have YOU TUBE, vaporize, the video, and removed it from the list, so those Bas-ard- need to be shut down

Nena (@guest_1080375)
8 months ago

It’s about time! Thank you, Mr. President for finally not only exposing unfairness and thuggish behavior of these big tech companies but making them responsible for blocking any one from exercising their 1st amendment right. They truly need to be fair and desist from being partisan and keeping a double standard journalism. This is America and they should all be mindful of what this country expressly stands for.

Yam (@guest_1080399)
8 months ago

We the ppl especially conservatives needs protection from Big Tech they are our biggest enemies

Martin Aylesworth Syvertson (@guest_1080459)
8 months ago

I absolutely support the abolition of that section. Social media platforms have been outrageous lately and have shown themselves in need of monitoring and failing that, the public needs to have an avenue of redress.

Avatar666 (@guest_1080554)
8 months ago

It’s like Biden said, “We choose truth over facts.”.

Patty (@guest_1080585)
8 months ago

I have always said social media like Facebook, Twitter, and some others are tools of the devil. Apparently, they have proven my point. I do not subscribe to them, nor will I ever. They are “ supposed” to be a public forum where one can express their view, but—— censorship has gone beyond that. If you say something they don’t like, you are kicked off, your account closed, or removed totally! So—— it only caters to the leftist regime of lies, no truth to be found on them, they won’t allow it.

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8 months ago

Make it happen!

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