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Trump signs decree that questions legal protection of social networks after Twitter ...

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed on Thursday (28) executive order that questions the laws to protect social networks. These standards generally prevent websites from being sued for moderating users' publications.

The move has more political consequences than it actually alters industry legislation and was taken after Twitter tagged Trump posts with a suggestion for users of the site to "check the facts." The US president said that companies cannot have this protection if they continue to exclude publications on political grounds.

"They (social media) have the power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide and change virtually any form of communication between citizens and the large audience," he said.

The American press earlier reported that Trump's move would make changes to the law that defines this "legal shield". In practice, however, the executive order of the president does not change the text of the law.

In addition, the decree calls for a review of the placement of propagated by US government agencies passed on to social networks.

On Wednesday, Trump used Twitter himself to protest the network's decision and said he would establish regulations for such sites. "Republicans feel that social media platforms totally silence conservative voices. We are going to regulate strongly, or close them, before we can allow that to happen," he wrote.

"We saw what they tried to do and failed in 2016. We cannot leave a more sophisticated version of that," said Trump. 2 of 2
Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, USA. Company deleted 10,000 fake profiles amid legislative elections in the country – Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, USA. Company deleted 10,000 fake profiles amid legislative elections in the country – Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

The dispute started on Tuesday, when Twitter scored for the first time with the warning for its users to check publications of the American president. The messages referred to the vote in the presidential elections in November this year. Trump insinuates that there is fraud in sending ballots to voters by post.

The American president wrote that "mailboxes will be stolen, banknotes will be forged and even printed illegally and fraudulently signed".

Trump signs decree to limit social media control over published content

A Twitter spokesman, quoted by the New York Times, said the tags in Tuesday's two posts were included because the tweets "contain potentially misleading information about voting processes, and have been labeled to provide additional context" .

Moments later, Trump used Twitter to accuse his own social network of "interfering in the 2020 presidential election." The US president even called the country's news outlets "fake news".

"Twitter is completely stifling free speech, and I, as president, will not allow that to happen!", He tweeted.

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