Donald Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections
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'I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill,' Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.

On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted — whether their complaint is legitimate or not.

Trump called Section 230 “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity,” adding, “Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.”

Trump has been waging war against social media companies for months, claiming they are biased against conservative voices.

In October he signed an executive order directing executive branch agencies to ask independent rule-making agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, to study whether they can place new regulations on the companies.

Since losing the presidential election, Trump has flooded social media with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Twitter has tagged many such Trump tweets with the advisory, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Tuesday’s veto threat is another potential roadblock for the passage of the annual defense policy measure, which is already being held up in Congress by a spat over military bases named for Confederate officers. The measure, which has passed for 59 years in a row on a bipartisan basis, guides Pentagon policy and cements decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, military personnel policy and other military goals.

Both the House and Senate measures would require the Pentagon to rename bases such as Fort Benning and Fort Hood, but Trump opposes the idea and has threatened a veto over it. The battle erupted this summer amid widespread racial protests, and Trump used the debate to appeal to white Southern voters nostalgic about the Confederacy. It’s a live issue in two Senate runoff elections in Georgia that will determine control of the chamber during the first two years of Biden’s tenure.

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Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

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2 comments

  • James Robert Miles

    December 2, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Once again, the whiney bitch has hurt fee, fee’s! If I don’t get my way than the U.S. military can go without funding. That’s how Trump has made America great again! What a loser!!

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 3, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Stfu and get out LOSER! Trump is not a legal resident in Florida! Trump Maralago is prohibited from having full time residence as specified in the deal with Palm Beach County! Trump registered and voted illegally in Florida! Pathetic! I am requesting a recount ! At minimum throw out Trumps illegal ballot! Waiting Moody and Desantis ! Uphold the law!

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