WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump threatens to veto a defense policy bill unless he ends protections for internet companies that prevent them from being held accountable for material posted by their users .
On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump attacked Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects businesses that may host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who turns up. feels aggrieved by something someone else posted – if their complaint is legitimate. or not.
Trump called Section 230 a “serious threat to our national security and electoral integrity,” adding, “Therefore, if the very dangerous and unjust Section 230 is not completely repealed under the Law on ‘National Defense Authorization (NDAA), I will be forced unequivocally VETO on the bill. ”
Trump has been waging war on social media companies for months, claiming they are biased against conservative voices.
In October, he signed an executive order directing executive agencies to ask independent regulatory agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, to study whether they can impose new regulations on businesses.
Since his loss in the presidential election, Trump has flooded social media with unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. Twitter has tagged many of Trump’s tweets with the following notice: “This claim about voter fraud is disputed. ”
Tuesday’s veto threat is another potential obstacle to the passage of the annual defense policy measure, which is already blocked in Congress by a dispute over military bases appointed for Confederate officers. The measure, which has been passed for 59 consecutive years on a bipartisan basis, guides Pentagon policy and cements decisions regarding troop levels, new weapon systems and military readiness, military personnel policy and other military objectives.