October 18, 2021

White House doubles down on threat of vetoing defense bill over section 230 dispute

It became apparent during the 2020 presidential election that social media wasn’t simply a platform to spread ideas, but rather a site that curates content to shape public opinion. President Donald Trump thinks that’s dangerous and isn’t about to let it stand.

Trump recently vowed not to approve a military spending bill if lawmakers don’t remove protections for social media companies under section 230 of Communications Decency Act of 1996. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a reporter Wednesday that “the president is serious about” vetoing the legislation unless those changes are made.

McEnany pointed out that big tech companies are able to use those protections meant to uphold decency standards as a “shield” even as they do more than act as a “public square” for ideas. “If you are a publisher, there are certain responsibilities with that,” she said. “You shouldn’t be immune from liability.”

She also explained that Trump has spent $2.9 trillion on the military during his first term as president. He obviously cares about national security, and it’s clear that his objection to those protections is about shaping policy on the domestic front.

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to ‘Big Tech’ (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity. Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand…..” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “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 you!”

The provision is not related to the $740 billion defense spending bill, but Trump is leveraging it to draw a line in the sand, the Washington Post reported. Many agree that 1996 Act is outdated in its scope and spirit with the way internet sharing has evolved and become ubiquitous, but some are not supportive of the president’s means to get it done.

Something has to give, however, as social media’s role in influencing the 2020 presidential election is proof positive of the problem with their unchecked power. Twitter and Facebook killed the story of Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business dealings that broke just before the election. Nearly one tenth of voters in key states would not have cast their ballots for President-elect Joe Biden had they known about the story at the time.

Conservatives typically prefer as little government regulation as possible, but the bias and outright silencing of the conservative viewpoint social media cries out for justice. These companies are acting like content publishers while they enjoy the protections of tech platforms to the detriment of the First Amendment and the free exchange of ideas — and it has to stop.

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keith m (@guest_1083811)
10 months ago

the news reminds me of the 20000 leagues under the sea , when the 2 reporters ask the professor what he thinks about the monster, basically he said not much but the reporters drew a monster attacking a ship ,, they laughed and said add wings , ,, they need to remember news and no make-up added.. GO TRUMP THERE TRUE SAVER OF AMERICA

PATRICIA J PINSKEY (@guest_1083812)
10 months ago

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW??? THE HIGH TECH HAVE MADE SUCH AN IMPACT ON THE CITIZENS OF THESE COUNTRY. CANNOT EVEN SEND AN ORDINARY MESSAGE ALONG TO FRIENDS WITHOUT IT BEING REMOVED BY THEM DUE TO THE FACT THEY DON’T AGREE WITH ME. “I NO LONGER HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH”, WHAT RIGHT DO THEY HAVE TAKEN THAT AWAY FROM ME???????????

alicia cervera (@guest_1083884)
Reply to  PATRICIA J PINSKEY
10 months ago

I agree with you, all my comments are deleted after I return to check they are up and all saay awaiting moderation and then, vanich.! these anti first amendment right people , should be sent to GITMo or to the firing suad for taking away our civil liberties and destroying our Constitution, FREE Speeck is EVERYONE’s right, not just theirs.
This is totallyWICKED, VICIOUS, and PERVERSE! Down with BIG TECH!

Malcolm (@guest_1083814)
10 months ago

Just another example of our president’s willingness to make our country less secure in order to satisfy his ego!!!

Jeanne (@guest_1083822)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

You’re so jealous you can’t see past your own ego.

DWB (@guest_1083826)
Reply to  Jeanne
10 months ago

Jeanne, I agree and also think he is an idiot because 230 has nothing to do with security, it is about the overreach of the big tech companies.

Norm (@guest_1083832)
Reply to  DWB
10 months ago

Well we will see what happens if that dumb senile bastard gets in,how our country will be.

PESTEAGUEVOS (@guest_1083931)
Reply to  Norm
10 months ago

LIE-DEN IS A WEINIE BAG

doodles (@guest_1083835)
Reply to  DWB
10 months ago

You guys have led some sheltered lives — government sometimes has to leverage one thing to secure another. Surprised that you don’t think tracking everyone and controlling what they say and do does NOT pose a security problem. Very naive.

TAIWAN COMMONER (@guest_1084043)
Reply to  doodles
10 months ago

Why do you think China does it! I have had suppliers in China always wanting me to sign up for WEIBO, or other messaging programs. I always said No, I don’t need to share my personal information with the Chinese government. I tried to get them to use “WHATSAPP” BUT IT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN CHINA! Social media is SOCIAL CONTROL the way the Chinese use it, and the US social media companies want that power! It violates our rights. China has NO CONSTITUTION, AND THE PEOPLE HAVE NO RIGHTS! AS IN ALL COMMUNIST REGIMES, ONLY THE STATE HAS POWER, NOT CHURCHES, CLUBS, OR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS. THE FALUN GONG IS AN EXERCISE GROUP WITH MOSTLY OLDER WOMEN AS MEMBERS, BUT BECAUSE THEY HAD SOME INFLUENCE OVER PEOPLE THE CHINA GOVERNMENT SHUT THEM DOWN, JAILED SOME, BEAT SOME, SHOULD I GO ON?

Jenny Snider (@guest_1083824)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

Are you really that ignorant? Wow just like the corrupt dems. You only hear what you want, not the actual truth. You are an idiot!!!!

Karole Conaway (@guest_1083828)
Reply to  Jenny Snider
10 months ago

Jenny Snider, my comment was directed to Malcolm, not you. Your brain is very on top of things!

Karole Conaway (@guest_1083827)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

It must be hell to live without a brain.

Robin Andrews (@guest_1084022)
Reply to  Karole Conaway
10 months ago

At the top on right. 3 dots hit it n look down to unsubscribe n hit it. I can’t ever comment for some reason they take them all off unless it’s under someone else’s as a reply.

doodles (@guest_1083833)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

Turn on the lights Malcolm, the country is less secure because of IT deciding who we share what with. They have become billionaires who are overlords of Americans. Trump LOVES our military and country along with its citizens but, this is the leverage that will stop those to be feared in their tracks. He will NEVER turn his back on the military (rank and file) like some of the HIGH RANKING MILITARY did to him and to those in the military.

ron kessinger (@guest_1083839)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

Oh Malcolm, dont be a dummie. Do you like to have your communications blocked because some anonymous dictator doesn’t like what you say? Wake up dude.

BillA (@guest_1083842)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

Basically your a fool!

alicia cervera (@guest_1083886)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

MALCOLM: IDiOCY is a birth defect, STUPIDITY is SELF inflicted dude.

FLAK (@guest_1083891)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

just another sneak addition to undermine the American way of life,,,Democrats know it would not hold water on its own,,,

FLAK (@guest_1083892)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

democrat double shuffle,,, protect their lie machine

PESTEAGUEVOS (@guest_1083930)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

YOU CANT REALLY BE THAT INDOCTRINATED ABD DUMB. HE HAS MADE US ALL SAFER THAN ANY OF YOUR DEMONRATS HAVE. WE DONT TAKE 1.4 BILLION IN CASH ON A PALLET TO IRAN SO THEY CAN LIKE US, WE DONT BOW LIKE BOWSER. CMON MAN WAKE UP.

Walt Tendee (@guest_1083948)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

You are obviously referring to “president elect” Joe Biden Malcolm.

LONE WOLF (@guest_1083982)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

In a word, you’re an idiot! Crawl back into your closet!

RowZ (@guest_1084018)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

You need an education….not propaganda. If you are watching (and trusting) the MSM news…I hope you know you are being brainwashed…and it seems like their goal was met by the likes of people like you…so gullible!! Get online to Newsmax, OANN, Next News Network…and there are other alternative sites which actually have the news done with facts and unbiased, like professional journalists are supposed to. They ask the questions…let people answer…and YOU, the listener, make up your mind. MSM makes up our minds for us…that is communism, my friend!

Jaclyn Nevins (@guest_1084266)
Reply to  Malcolm
10 months ago

Is it just being and idiot with out a mind

PATRICIA J PINSKEY (@guest_1083815)
10 months ago

what happened to my message?????????REGARDING. “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW? WHENEVER I SEND A MESSAGE TO MY FRIENDS…IT IS REMOVED BY HIGH TECH. WHAT RIGHT DO THEY HAVE TAKING MY “FREEDOM OF SPEECH AWAY FROM ME?

John Decker (@guest_1084032)
Reply to  PATRICIA J PINSKEY
10 months ago

Patricia, you’re not alone. Just this morning, everything I posted over a half hour period disappeared. I didn’t get the little caption saying it was “waiting moderation”, whatever that means, I typed it in, hit enter, and poof! Gone, just like it never was. I don’t use profanity, so that’s not it. I think they’re trying to erase me, but I’ll never give up. There are avenues I have not yet explored, so we’ll see what happens. I fully expect this to disappear.

John Decker (@guest_1084033)
Reply to  John Decker
10 months ago

Well knock me down! A post actually stuck for more than a few seconds.

jim robinett (@guest_1083816)
10 months ago

This 230 must be removed and those traitor companies must not be able to hide and news from the American people.

DWB (@guest_1083823)
Reply to  jim robinett
10 months ago

Jim, I agree with you and feel the big tech companies have to much power and control over common sense people with conservative ideas and concerns. So tired of the democommie liberal BS.

alicia cervera (@guest_1083887)
Reply to  jim robinett
10 months ago

AGREE totally and ABSOLUTELY right they should be trialed for TREASON to our country.

Tom Bailey (@guest_1083818)
10 months ago

I think I must be ignorant because the bidens me have been making alot of illegal money from different government’s and not getting charged any normal person would be in jail by now you must be a political person to get away with this and then go eat to be president

MELINDA L BIGELOW (@guest_1083820)
10 months ago

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS RIGHT

Nancy (@guest_1083829)
10 months ago

Malcolm, you have got to be kidding! Big tech companies need reining in. They are causing us to lose our free speech and trying to control too much in our lives! Where have you been!? Can’t you observe this happening!? Thank God for President Trump, who has put forth policies which have preserved some of our freedoms and improved many people’s lives! Hope you can stop being blinded to the Truth!

Auntcon (@guest_1083834)
10 months ago

That is the current president, one who watches over the welfare of all Americans…pray a miracle keeps him in place….God protect us if Biden moves into the white house.

rm (@guest_1083836)
10 months ago

Section 230 of the Communications Act has to go NOW. Why Pres. Trump didn’t do this by exec order when he took office in 2017 is unknown to me. if the US government could break up Standard Oil and other monopolies years ago, then Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, etc. need the same treatment now.

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10 months ago

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Robin Andrews (@guest_1084023)
Reply to  mary ann
10 months ago

Idk know if this will ever be put up. They take my voice away on here w every comment I make. At the top right you see 3 dots. Hit that n unsubscribe is on that list. Hit it n you should be unsubscribed. If not go into your email account n do it there. Hope this helps if it doesn’t take it off this second time trying.

raymond lombardi (@guest_1084013)
10 months ago

Thanks for vetoing that bill Mr. Trump, social media shouldn’t have the right to bash and trash the president!

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