Trump Tweets ‘Repeal Section 230,’ Something He Couldn’t Do if Section 230 Were Repealed

You want censorship? This is how you get censorship.

by Robby Soave

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted “REPEAL SECTION 230!!!” The three exclamation points underscore his enthusiasm for undoing the federal statute that protects social media companies from liability for user-generated content.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020

It’s an ironic statement since, without the existence of Section 230, Trump very well might not be able to tweet it. If Congress were to remove social media platforms’ liability protection, then companies like Twitter and Facebook would have no choice but to remove users’ ability to post content at-will. Instead, moderators would have to vet and approve content to make sure that it wasn’t potentially libelous.

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