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Lawsuit Says Trump's Order Against Tech Companies Will 'Chill Future Online Speech'

Added 06-02-20 08:07:02pm EST - “The Center for Democracy and Technology argues that Trump's executive order attempting to strip tech companies of a key legal protection was retaliatory and violates the First Amendment.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Lawsuit Says Trump's Order Against Tech Companies Will 'Chill Future Online Speech' ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This image from the Twitter account of President Donald Trump shows a tweet he posted on Friday, May 29, 2020, after protesters in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, the Center for Democracy and Technology sued Trump over the president's executive order aimed at limiting a legal protection long enjoyed by tech companies like Twitter. AP hide caption

This image from the Twitter account of President Donald Trump shows a tweet he posted on Friday, May 29, 2020, after protesters in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, the Center for Democracy and Technology sued Trump over the president's executive order aimed at limiting a legal protection long enjoyed by tech companies like Twitter.

A technology policy nonprofit organization on Tuesday sued President Trump over his executive order attempting to strip away a legal protection long enjoyed by social media platforms.

In the first of what is anticipated to be a raft of legal challenges against the controversial executive order, the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that Trump's action was an act of revenge that violates the First Amendment rights of both tech companies like Twitter and ordinary Americans who use social media.

"The Executive Order is designed to deter social media services from fighting misinformation, voter suppression, and the stoking of violence on their platforms," said Alexandra Givens, who leads the center.

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