Content Moderation

01/11/2021

Lawmakers urge Twitter to join other social media platforms, suspend Trump’s account indefinitely

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

Carl Szabo, the vice president of NetChoice, said social media companies are legally allowed to restrict user accounts, including the president’s.

“They have the legal flexibility to do so,” he said.

Szabo said this is why Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act must remain intact.

“There have been calls to remove such flexibility, but if we do so, then we really do endanger forcing platforms to leave up content that is objectionable, when it’s not only inappropriate but dangerous,” Szabo said.

Trump vetoed the annual defense bill last month in part because it didn’t repeal Section 230.

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