The White House is getting ready to sign an executive order against large social media companies which could include Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
The order is awaiting President Trump’s signature before an investigation occurred, according to a Bloomberg news report released on Saturday.
A draft of the order obtained by Bloomberg instructs federal antitrust and law enforcement officials to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.”
The deputy White House press secretary, Lindsey Walters, emailed a statement saying that the document was not generated by the White House’s official policy-making process.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter were not explicitly named in the executive order and Trump has recently attacked social media groups for their censorship.
Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
Social media giants like Facebook have said that there have been mistakes made with their platforms but contend that it was not their intention to censor anyone.
According to Bloomberg, the executive order states: “Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anti-competitive acts by dominant online platforms.” The order further states that consumer harm could come “through the exercise of bias.”
Social media giants have censored Alex Jones’ Infowars in one day over on Youtube and other platforms like Twitter citing conspiracy theories were a problem.