Fact-Check: Is The White House Moving To Reform A Law After Elon Musk’s Twitter deal?
Reports online claim that White House spokesperson Jen Psaki had declared plans to reform the law shortly after the news billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk had reached an agreement to buy the social media platform, Twitter.
The reports claim that White House plans to reform Section 230, a law that shields online companies from liability over content posted by users.
According to a post gathered on Facebook read: “BREAKING NEWS: Now that Musk will own Twitter, the White House is concerned about reforming Section 230. Imagine that?????” (here).
Other social media posts claiming Section 230 reforms are urgently in focus can be seen (here), (here) and (here), as reported by Reuters.
However, a fact-check by Nexus News debunked that the press secretary made no announcements in relation to Section 230 during the April 25, 2022 briefing.
Reuters reports that reforming Section 230 has been a longstanding aim of President Biden, a spokesperson for the White House said.
Furthermore, it was also gathered that the Section 230 was explicitly mentioned twice during Monday’s briefing in response to questions posed by reporters. The full transcript of the briefing can be found (here) while a livestream of the briefing can be viewed (bit.ly/3LlMeTI).