Trump threatens to veto defense bill over social media shield law

Washington — President Trump threatened Tuesday to veto a must-pass annual defense policy bill unless Congress agrees to end a federal law that provides social media companies with a crucial legal shield.



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Mr. Trump made his threat in a pair of late-night tweets, in which he said Congress must include a repeal of the law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act for it to receive his signature. The president has for months been pressuring Congress to strip social media companies of the protections they receive under the 24-year-old law, claiming platforms like Twitter and Facebook censor and suppress conservative speech.

“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

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What Is Section 230? Trump Threatens Veto Over 1996 Internet Service Shield

KEY POINTS

  • Section 230 protects internet services companies from indecent content posted by users
  • The bill passed in 1996, long before social media existed
  • The courts have routinely sided with social media companies in arguments against protection

President Donald Trump threatened to veto a defense bill over a 1996 law that shields websites from liability over content created by their users.

The president said he would veto the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which he called a “liability” that leaves national security and election integrity exposed to risk because of the protection it provides to “Big Tech”

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Trump threatens to veto defense bill unless social media shield is repealed

Washington — President Trump threatened Tuesday to veto a must-pass annual defense policy bill unless Congress agrees to end a federal law that provides social media companies with a crucial legal shield.

Mr. Trump made his threat in a pair of late-night tweets, in which he said Congress must include a repeal of the law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act for it to receive his signature. The president has for months been pressuring Congress to strip social media companies of the protections they receive under the 24-year-old law, claiming platforms like Twitter and Facebook censor and suppress conservative speech.

“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. Our Country can

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Trump threatens to veto major defense bill unless Congress repeals Section 230, a legal shield for tech giants

President Trump on Tuesday threatened to veto an annual defense bill unless Congress repeals the federal law that spares Facebook, Google and other social-media sites from legal liability over their content-moderation decisions.



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Trump delivered the ultimatum targeting the digital protections, known as Section 230, in a late-night tweet that marked a dramatic escalation in his attacks against Silicon Valley over unproven allegations that the country’s tech giants exhibit bias against conservatives.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

Unless the “very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” Trump continued, “I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent

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Trump vows defense bill veto unless internet liability shield scrapped

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless the bill includes a measure eliminating a federal law protecting internet companies, known as Section 230.

“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 tweeted late on Tuesday.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects internet companies from liability over content posted by users and has been under attack from Trump and Republican lawmakers, who have accused tech companies of stifling conservative voices.

The sweeping $740 billion NDAA sets policy for the Department of Defense. It

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iPhone 12 Mini drop test: Ceramic shield seems indestructible

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The iPhone 12 Mini is a tough phone to crack. We’ve already drop tested the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, but we decided to do it all over again with the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini to see if the smaller phone yielded different results. Mainly, we wanted to see if we could break the screen. Spoiler: We didn’t, but we managed to break other things in the process. Covered in Apple’s new ceramic shield glass, the iPhone 12 Mini’s screen proved to be virtually indestructible in our drop test. It also seems to be even better at handling repeated drops than its larger-screened sibling.  

Even though it looks exactly the same as regular glass to the naked eye, the ceramic shield on the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max is no ordinary glass. It’s glass that’s been infused with ceramic crystals

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