After Twitter made a decision to flag Trump for twitting false information, U.S. President stumble on to amend Section 230 of the communication Decency Act that will restrain social media companies from civil liability for the content posted on them. Trump signed an executive order Thursday to execute his plan targeting Twitter and Facebook. The president wants to defend free speech against one of the egregious dangers it has faced in American history.
But as Trump is misunderstanding the law, it is unlikely to accomplish his goal. However, it might offer an opening for decentralized technology.
Wrong Conception over 230
‘’Trump cares about power but he doesn’t care about any law,’’ said Mary Anne Franks, who has written about Section 230 extensively. The executive order is not well-informed about how Section 230 works-according to Robert Corn Revere, partner at Davis Wright and Tremaine LLP.
Through a mail Robert Corn Revere said,’’ It’s an unprecedented concept to suggest that the president, by executive order, can amend an act of Congress, set aside a number of judicial rulings and instruct independent federal agencies to take actions that exceed their jurisdictional mandates.’’
Twitter has responded to the executive order saying it was a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law. Reportedly, the company flagged another Trump’s tweet on Friday morning.
An online intermediary should not be treated like a publisher even if it acts like a publisher. As reported, Twitter didn’t take down any content in relation to Trump. There is no ‘’good faith’’ requirement the platform of user of that platform be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another user. Section 230 has allowed platforms to flourish and to share information and the order calls on the Federal Communications Communication (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to re-evaluate the ‘’good faith’’ requirement.
Former counselor at the FCC, Gigi Sohn, said that Section 230 is not inviolable and so Congress can choose to address criticisms of the law. According to her advancement in online accountability can be seen because of the amendment.
The wing of technology is offering a better way forward that cuts the needs of laws. There are new business opportunities when companies start to be decentralized or move to open standards. It is not yet revealed that Twitter is working on a decentralized standard called Blue Sky.
LBRY, a secure, open and community-run digital marketplace, maintains a neutral protocol that enables anyone to post content without reprisal and stores this information on an immutable blockchain. LBRY has seen three million active users in May. According to a counsel, if platforms want to make the error of enforcing their biases on their users, let the free market provide competitors like LBRY that makes this problem obsolete.