After the trump Administration issued an executive order against social media companies, it was sued by the center for democracy and Technology (CDT), an industry organization, in June 2020. But the trump Administration recently filed a motion to the court to dismiss the lawsuit.
CDT is a Washington based technology industry group funded by technology companies such as Facebook, Google and twitter. The lawsuit they filed will be the first major judicial test for the executive order of the trump administration.
the executive order issued by trump in May against social media companies hopes to regulate the platform that criticizes him. Before that, twitter had just labeled Trump’s tweets about mailing votes with a “fact check” tag. Trump has threatened to repeal or weaken a law called section 230, which aims to prevent Internet companies from being sued for content they publish.
according to the lawsuit filed by CDT, this executive order of trump violates the rights of social media companies granted by the first amendment of the United States Constitution, will have a chilling effect on future online speech, and will suppress the free speech of Americans.
the lawsuit also reflects a long-standing conflict between the trump administration and social media companies. But in fact, social media platforms have always been an important tool for trump to promote political views.
avery Gardiner, CDT’s general counsel, said Trump’s executive order was “unconstitutional.”. In the lawsuit, the CDT said the White House’s move contradicts the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits government officials from retaliating against individuals or entities for their protected statements.
“it did not really try to solve the essence of the problem, nor did it conduct litigation to show the serious defects of the executive order in the constitution. Instead, it was carrying out legal operation.” Gardner said on Wednesday of the trump administration’s move.
the CDT has agreed with the US Department of justice on the timetable for the briefing. She said the CDT would submit a response by the end of August, and the government could do so by September 21.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said the government’s request to dismiss the case was due to insufficient legal arguments.
he said: “the organization’s statements seem to indicate that it does not understand how administrative acts operate or may not understand the nature of the judicial system.”
twitter regards the executive order as “a reactionary and political move against a landmark law.”. But the company declined to comment on the CDT lawsuit. Google and Facebook did not comment.