The Center for Democracy and Technology filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order aimed at social-media companies on Tuesday in federal district court (Washington, D.C.), according to the Wall Street Journal.
The objective of the lawsuit is to invalidate Trump’s order. The Center has gathered support from foundations, corporations, and individuals amidst its strike back against the President. Calling the order “plainly retaliatory (against Twitter Inc.),” the group said Trump’s decision “seeks to curtail and chill the constitutionally protected speech of all online platforms and individuals.”
Trump’s executive order followed two days after Twitter applied, for the first time, a fact-checking notice to his tweets, specifically regarding voter fraud.
Lawsuits were an expected response to the order, and more will likely follow if government agencies act upon the President’s order. Overall, the order aims to disband Section 230 created by Congress in the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Section 230 provides platforms with protection from liability for what their users do or say.
The CDT lawsuit emphasizes the First Amendment and claims the order violates the free-speech rights of the social media companies. Google and Facebook also made public their criticism of the order.
The President said, “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers.” Twitter responded last week saying the order was “a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law.”