The White House has created drafts of a proposed executive order that would handle the allegations of social media companies’ anti-conservative bias, Politico reported.
“If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system,” a White House official said. “But look, we also think that social media plays a vital role. They have a vital role and an increasing responsibility to the culture that has helped make them so profitable and so prominent."
According to Margaret Harding McGill and Daniel Lippman at Politico, “two other people knowledgeable about the discussions also confirmed the existence of the draft order,” but neither they nor the white house official “could say what penalties if any, the order would envision for companies deemed to be censoring political viewpoints.”
John Morris, who handled internet policy issues at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration before leaving in May, said there’s “very little in terms of direct regulation the federal government can do without congressional action.”
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