Trump threatens to veto defence bill over social media immunity

Donald Trump has threatened to veto the US defence bill unless Congress includes language in the legislation to strip social media companies of legal protections over content posted on their platforms.

Mr Trump said he would not sign the annual defence spending bill unless lawmakers used the legislation to rescind part of the Communications Decency Act — known as Section 230 — that guarantees immunity for social media companies from being prosecuted for libellous content that users post.

The president has argued that social media companies were biased against conservative politicians and wanted to damage his chances of re-election.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that Section 230 was a “serious threat” to national security and election integrity: “If the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act . . . I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.”


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