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Facebook: Trump's Social Media Order 'Will Restrict More Speech Online, Not Less'

Twitter calls Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies “reactionary and politicized”


Hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order seeking to curtail legal protections for social media platforms, Facebook decried the order as having the “opposite effect” of “protecting freedom of expression” while Twitter called it “reactionary and politicized.”

“Facebook is a platform for diverse views. We believe in protecting freedom of expression on our services, while protecting our community from harmful content including content designed to stop voters from exercising their right to vote. Those rules apply to everybody. Repealing or limiting section 230 will have the opposite effect,” the company said in a statement. “It will restrict more speech online, not less. By exposing companies to potential liability for everything that billions of people around the world say, this would penalize companies that choose to allow controversial speech and encourage platforms to censor anything that might offend anyone.”

Twitter, from their Global Public Policy team’s Twitter account, responded by saying, “This EO is a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law. #Section230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression, and it’s underpinned by democratic values. Attempts to unilaterally erode it threaten the future of online speech and Internet freedoms.”

The executive order asks the Commerce Department to request the Federal Communications Commission to review Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which currently is interpreted to protect platforms like Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter from being sued over the content that their users post to their respective platforms.

Trump’s order comes two days after Twitter placed a fact-check on two of the president’s false tweets about mail-in ballots. In an interview with Fox News, taped before the executive order was signed, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he disagreed with Twitter’s action and said Facebook shouldn’t be an “arbiter of truth,” but said he didn’t believe it was the “right reflex” for a government to “censor a platform because they’re worried about censorship.”
A Twitter moment titled "Day 1 in Trump's America" slates itself as a collection of tweets about "racist episodes POC [people of color] are facing now that Trump is our President-elect." Here are some of those stories.
These are unfiltered stories people shared, not confirmed by law enforcement or TheWrap. (One false report on Wednesday hurt everyone by giving ammunition to people inclined to deny all accounts of racist attacks.)
Content warning: These are not fun stories, and some contain racial slurs.
"I have a scarf on. Passed by someone on the platform today and he says, 'Your time's up, girlie.'" - Mehreen KasanaTwitter
"Today, I was harassed by an older white man who presumed I was Mexican. 'I can't wait until Trump asks us to rape your people and send you back over the biggest damn wall we're going to build. Go back to hell, wet back.' After saying all of that, he threw the water in his cup in my face, gave me the middle finger, and ran off. It took every fiber of my being to hold my tongue and not chase him down. I'm in tears right now. I've never been terrified of being a woman and a minority until today." - Rhio OracionFacebook
"I WAS finally coming to grips with the stupidity of America. But then some off the wall stuff happened that pissed me right back off.
So I am downtown and a group of white dudes are looking at a woman wearing a dress standing alone minding her business. We all get on the subway. When she walks past the group, one of the men yells grab her by the pussy. One of the dudes literally then tried to touch the woman inappropriately. The woman yelled and the guys laughed. A group of people and I literally threw the 3 dudes off the subway at the Wood Street. America is really thinking this shit is a joke." - Antwan Legacy Carter
"Black lives don't matter and neither does your votes," was seen spray painted in Durham, NC.Twitter
Chris Weatherd found his car vandalized with racial epithets. See the full video here. Twitter
A woman walked into her dorm room to find that her roommate had built a makeshift "wall" to separate their two sides. There was a note that read "Hey Maria, Trump won so... here's a little preview of what's to come." Twitter
"Can't wait until your 'marriage' is overturned by a real president. Gay families = burn in hell. Trump 2016," photo tweeted by Shaun KingTwitter
"Went for a run this morning at 7a. I've been trying to figure out how I feel. CHILDREN high school age screamed at me and told me to go back to AFRICA. CHILDREN people! I'm not throwing a temper tantrum you don't know how it feels to be me if you don't GET how enraged and sad I am right now," tweeted by the woman's friend. Twitter
A woman recounts her story of being harassed at a gas station by four white men. One walked over to her and asked: "How scared are you, you black b----? I should just kill you right now, you're a waste of air," and another guy flashed his firearm at her.
Read the full story here. 
A man was followed into a 7-11 by a group of white men asking if he spoke English. They told him "chinks should get out of the country," harassed the 7-Eleven clerk and yelled "white power" on their way out.
Read the full story here. 
"My first racist encounter after our new joke of a president, as I am at Walmart today a woman came up to me and pulled my hijab of [sic] and said 'this is not allowed anymore, so go hang yourself with it around your neck not on your head.' I am traumatized." - Maha Abdul GawadFacebook
11 Accounts of Overt Racism From 'Day 1 in Trump's America' (Photos)
One woman said she had her hijab pulled off and a black man posted a picture of his car covered with racial slurs
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