Tulsi Gabbard asks Trump not to “back down” against Big Tech

Representative Tulsi Gabbard called on President Trump to stand his ground in the legislative battle against Big Tech on Wednesday night.

“I fully support you in this,” the Democratic Hawaiian congresswoman and Army veteran tweeted in response to Trump’s attack on the controversial section 230 of the Communications Fairness Act 1996. – Please don’t back down. The freedom and future of our country are at stake. “

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) will hold a City Hall meeting in Detroit on Saturday, Saturday, March 3, 2020, the primary night. (Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images)


Section 230 provides liability protection for Internet companies that is not available to other media. Trump likened it to “corporate prosperity” and argued that only “Big Tech” companies benefited from its protections.

He threatened to veto a defense spending bill if it didn’t remove the federal protection of social media companies from certain obligations.

Section 230 has been criticizing legislators for years. He argues that online and social media companies cannot be considered “publishers or performers” who are responsible for third-party content posted on their platforms.

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service may be treated as a publisher or presenter of information provided by another information content provider,” the law states.

It also protects sites, including Facebook and Parler, from lawsuits if they allow their users to share controversial or critical speech, the U.S. Civil Rights Association says. It does not protect users from being held accountable for their own posts.


But the president argued that the provision also allows social media platforms to censor conservative views.

On Tuesday, Trump called national security and election integrity a “serious threat,” and in May, he issued an enforcement order aimed at weakening some defenses after Twitter began attaching fact-finding warnings to some of its posts.

“If the very dangerous and unfair Article 230 is not completely abolished as part of the National Defense Licensing Act (NDAA), I will be forced to make a clear VETO on the bill when I send it to the very nice Resolute table,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

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President-elect Joe Biden has called for Section 230 to be repealed in the past. In January, he told the New York Times that his protection “should be withdrawn”.