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Pallone, Doyle & Schakowsky Statement on Trump Executive Order Attacking Free Speech

May 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) issued the following statement today after the President signed an executive order aimed at bullying social media platforms into bowing to his will:

“With this Executive Order, the President is lashing out to punish social media platforms that are seeking to stop the dissemination of misinformation.  His actions pose a clear and present threat to our democracy, far beyond his usual rantings.  Online platforms should enforce their codes of conduct to combat disinformation, even when it is spread by right wing extremists and the President himself, but the President has made clear he wants the internet to cower in fear.  This retribution is a perfect example of how authoritarian governments, like the Chinese, silence free speech, and the result will be the continued growth of misinformation, hate speech and tribalism online and in our communities. 

“We will be watching the FTC and FCC, both independent agencies created by Congress, as well as social media platforms to ensure they are acting in the American people’s best interest and not simply appeasing a self-aggrandizing bully.”