Trump administration moved to ask a court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president’s executive order targeting social media companies.
Trump Administration filed a motion against the lawsuit filed by Democracy and Technology (CDT) in June 2020. This case has been a significant test of Trump’s directive. They brought the issue up because of Trump’s executive order against social media platforms.
President Donald Trump threatens Section 230 of the U.S. law that protects social media companies from litigation. The lawsuit argued the executive order violates the First Amendment rights of social media platforms, which reduces the ability of free speech.
The motion stated, “It directs executive officials to take steps that could lead various agencies to examine … allegations that large social media online platforms have displayed political bias in moderating content.”
Trump Administration Plea
According to Reuters, ”The U.S. Commerce Department has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content after Trump’s executive order directed the action. Earlier this month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai agreed to open the petition to public comment for 45 days.”
TikTok Is Fighting Back Against Trump’s Executive Order
TikTok was appalled to the sudden declaration of Trump’s administration that leads them to threaten and fight back against them with a legal challenge. The company commented that they were “shocked” by Trump’s orders.
“This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses’ trust in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets. We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly. If not by the Administration, then by the US courts.”TikTok
However, TikTok clarified and commented that there was never a data sharing between them and the Chinese Government.