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- The White House is reportedly floating several drafts of an executive order geared toward social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter.
- President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused tech giants and social-media companies of anti-Trump and anti-conservative bias.
- The executive order “remains in flux,” according to several anonymous sources who spoke with Politico.
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The White House is reportedly floating several drafts of an executive order directed at tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
The executive order, which was first reported on by Politico, is said to be “in flux,” but its objective is clear: to address the allegations of anti-Trump and anti-conservative bias that President Donald Trump has repeatedly made regarding social-media companies.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I should have millions and millions of people,” Trump said in mid-July at an event billed as a White House social-media summit. “But I know that we’ve been blocked. People come up to me and say, ‘Sir I cannot follow you’ … They make it absolutely impossible.”
Trump has yet to present any evidence to back up these claims.
It’s not clear if the executive order would address those allegations directly or how it would address the alleged bias in services owned and operated by private corporations. Sources with knowledge of the executive order’s drafting told Politico that such an order shouldn’t be expected “imminently.”
When reached for comment, the White House press representative Judd Deere told Business Insider, “The President announced at this month’s social-media summit that we were going to address this, and the administration is exploring all policy solutions.”
He wouldn’t confirm the report but did point to Trump’s quotes at the social-media summit. “Today, I’m directing my administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free-speech rights of all Americans,” Trump said in July. “Big tech must not censor the voices of the American people.”