Trump Threatens to VETO Bill Over Section 230

Trump Threatens to VETO Bill Over Section 230

( – Big-tech companies like Facebook and Twitter continue their long-standing practice of censoring conservative voices. On November 17, Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg admitted his company was coordinating censorship efforts with Google and Twitter while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Donald Trump is pushing back, threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if Congress doesn’t reverse Section 230.

Section 230 refers to a portion of the Communications Decency Act, which grants internet companies legal protections from liability related to the companies’ decisions to moderate content on their platforms.

Trump already targeted Section 230 with a May 28, 2020, executive order cracking down on online censorship after Twitter started fact-checking his posts.

The president’s current demand linking the revocation of Section 230 to the NDAA is significant since the act lays out the annual budget for national defense, ensuring the nation’s military services have the resources they need to accomplish that mission.

Not surprisingly, Democratic lawmakers are expected to oppose the ultimatum. Meanwhile, Republicans hope to push through some form of the NDAA this year. Otherwise, they would likely have to start again next year once the new Congress goes into session.

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