USA: President Donald Trump is frightening to veto a defence policy bill except it drops protections for internet firms that shield them from being taken liable for matter posted by their users.
On Twitter Tuesday evening, Trump aimed at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which defends businesses that can host trillions of communications from being prosecuted into oblivion by anyone who believes hurt by something someone else has published or posted — whether their objection is legitimate or not.
Trump declared Section 230 “a grave threat to our National Security & Election Integrity,” continuing, “Hence, if the hazardous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to VETO the Bill unequivocally.”
Trump has been pursuing a war against social media businesses for months, alleging they are prejudiced against conservative opinions.
In October he approved an executive order commanding executive branch companies to ask autonomous rule-making authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, examine whether they can place new guidelines on the companies.
Since losing the presidential polls, Trump has flooded social media with baseless claims of voter fraud. Twitter has marked many such Trump tweets with the warning, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Tuesday’s veto warning is an additional potential roadblock for the passage of the yearly defence policy proposition, which is already being held up in Congress by a dispute over army bases named for Federal officers. The bill, which has been passed for 59 years in a row on a bipartisan ground, supervises Pentagon policy and cements settlements about troop levels, new weaponry systems and military predisposition, military staff policy and other military goals.