President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has signed an executive order which removed some of the legal protections given to social media platforms.
Donald Trump threatened to shutdown social media platforms, a day after Twitter posted a fact-checking notice on one of his tweets.
Trump’s threat came day after Twitter Inc. for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets that prompted readers to fact check the president’s tweet that claimed mail-in ballots could allow widespread voter fraud.
Speaking to newsmen while signing the order which gives regulators the power to pursue legal actions against firms such as Facebook and Twitter for the way they police content on their platforms.
President Trump said the move was to “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history”.
“A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States.
“They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences.”