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Trump demands social media giants' liability shield be scrapped, threatens defense bill veto

President calls Section 230 "corporate welfare" for "Big Tech" and "serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity." 

Updated: December 2, 2020 - 7:09am

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 President Trump said in a Tuesday night tweet that he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it does not eliminate Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act.

Section 230 protects companies like Twitter from a range of laws and being held liable for what is said on their platform, as long as they don't attempt to censor or enforce what speech is acceptable and what isn't.  

"Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to “Big Tech” (the only companies in America that have it - corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity," the president tweeted. "Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand."

"Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk," Trump wrote. "Take back America NOW. Thank you!"