U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, December 2, that he would veto the draft military budget for fiscal year 2021 unless the section on exemption from liability of Internet companies is removed from the document.
“If this dangerous and dishonest section is not completely removed from the military budget, I will veto the document unconditionally when it comes to my desk,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
This is Section 230 of the Communications Ethics Act, which protects technology companies from legal action for posting, deleting or otherwise moderating user-generated content.
Trump called this paragraph a “gift” from the U.S. for the release of liability for technology companies. In his other post, the U.S. leader pointed out that it was a serious threat to national security and electoral integrity.
“Our country will never be safe if we let it go,” Trump added.
Previously, the U.S. president had already criticized the media and social networks, and called for the removal of restrictions on their responsibility for published content. Trump also insisted on terminating paragraph 230, which removes responsibility for publishing third-party content, “for national security reasons.