Leftist Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Social Media Order

August 28th, 2020 4:36 PM

Leftist organizations are suing President Donald Trump over his recent executive order to investigate Big Tech censorship in an effort to protect the First Amendment rights of Americans.

Several voting advocacy groups, including Rock the Vote, Voto Latino, and Common Cause, along with others, have filed a lawsuit against Trump in response to his executive order regarding online censorship in May. 

Rock the Vote Action Fund, the sister organization to Rock the Vote, says that it is “dedicated to building the political power of young progressives and leveraging that power for action on issues that affect their lives. Voto Latino endorsed Joe Biden for president. Common Cause, similarly, is considered to be a leftist organization. 

This lawsuit, along with a separate suit filed in May, alleged that the executive order was created in response to Twitter reportedly adding a fact-checking label to one of Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting.

These groups alleged that the order was “retaliatory,” and, as Protocol summarized, the lawsuit “charges the Trump administration with violating the First Amendment rights of tech platforms” and “infringing on the First Amendment rights of everyone else who might receive information from those platforms. In First Amendment law, this is known as the ‘right to receive.’"

Ironically, the point of the executive order is actually to ensure that Big Tech companies uphold the First Amendment on their platforms. “The Attorney General shall establish a working group regarding the potential enforcement of State statutes that prohibit online platforms from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices,” the executive order stated. 

According to the lawsuit, “The executive order is fundamentally incompatible with the First Amendment. It deprives users of their right to receive information curated by online platforms, including information critical of President Trump or corrective of his falsehoods.”

Recently, the FCC decided to take public comments regarding Trump’s executive order calling for the FCC to clarify the scope of Section 230. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai posted on his personal Twitter page, “the @FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will invite public input on the petition for rulemaking recently filed by @CommerceGov regarding #Section230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 and/or via the MRC’s FCC contact form to give your take on the petition filed by the Department of Commerce regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity http://commercegov/on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives.