The president tweeted Tuesday night that Section 230, is “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity.”
He added “our country can never be safe or secure if we allow it to stand.”
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act provides tech companies with liability protections against illegal content posted by third-party users.
It shields companies from being sued and also allows platforms to moderate their content.
“If the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act . . . I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill,” Trump continued.
Trump has been very critical of Section 230, arguing that it provides a loophole that prevents companies from being held accountable and has led to the censorship of conservatives. Trump’s threat to veto the NDAA is his latest move in his battle against the social media companies.
Social media and tech giants claim that Section 230 is critical to their continued existence. Still, critics of the big tech giants point out that because Twitter, Facebook and Google, for example, operate as publishers, they no longer deserve immunity from content uploaded by third parties.
The CEOs of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, met with the Senate Commerce Committee in October to talk about Section 230.
“Section 230 is the most important law protecting internet speech. In removing Section 230, we will remove speech from the internet,” Dorsey said during his testimony.
Zuckerberg said they were open to working with Congress to update update the law to make sure it is working as intended.
Lawmakers on the NDAA conference committee are set to meet Wednesday to discuss the legislation.
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MI police memos confirm 2020 nationwide voter fraud; info was even given to FBI
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has confirmed that there was in fact a state investigation into thousands of suspected fraudulent voter registrations during the 2020 election. Additionally, the information was referred to the FBI. According to police memos reviewed by Just The News, Michigan authorities suspected there was a possible voter registration fraud scheme occurring across multiple states during the 2020 election and were concerned enough to bring in the FBI.
Just The News writes “but what happened since remains mostly a mystery” adding:
Department and Michigan State Police, a firm called GBI Strategies was under scrutiny as an organization central to alleged voter registration fraud in the 2020 presidential election, which was first investigated by city and state authorities before the FBI took over.
Contacts between local law enforcement and the FBI continued into 2022 but there is no evidence of what happened after that in the memos obtained by Just the News through state Freedom of Information FOIA requests.
Police from Michigan interviewed GBI Strategies employees there and cited specific instances of registrations that appeared suspicious or fraudulent, the memos show. One State Police memo described the possible crime being investigated as “Election Fraud by Forgery.”
Specifics of what happened include the city clerk’s office saying that a woman dropped off fraudulent voter registrations on Oct. 8, 2020 and said she worked for GBI Strategies, the police report reads.
The police interviewed the woman, called “Suspect 1” in the police report, and she explained that she “receives $1150.00 a week, hotels services and a rental vehicle for her work.”
She also said she was “tasked with finding unregistered voters and provide them with a form so they can get registered and obtain their ballot,” according to the police report. “Suspect 1 initially stated that her ‘canvassers’ earn money for each person that completes the form. She later told us that they are paid $9.25 per hour with extra money for working weekends.”
Muskegon police interviewed yet another woman who worked for GBI Strategies from Atlanta, Ga. She worked with another man from Atlanta and had a supervisor from New York. The woman also mentioned a Philadelphia office.
Danny Wimmer, press secretary for the State Attorney General,told The Detroit News that GBI Strategies conducts voter registration drives and is headquartered in Tennessee.
Earlier this month, Wimmer, told Just the News that among 8,000 to 10,000 voter registration forms that were submitted to the Muskegon clerk before the 2020 general election, some were suspected to be fraudulent.
“An organization turned in some thousands of voter registrations throughout the fall of 2020, estimated on the high end to be cumulatively 8-10,000, and some within those batches were found to be suspicious or fraudulent,” Wimmer said. There were legitimate registrations within the batches. The city clerk receiving the batches alerted authorities when she began noticing irregularities.
“None of the fraudulent material was incorporated into the state’s qualified voter file, and this had no effect on any ballot requests or associated processes. This attempted fraud was detected because the system worked,” Wimmer added.
The Muskegon Police Department began investigating GBI Strategies after the Muskegon City Clerk’s Office reported suspected voter registration fraud, according to a police report first dated Oct. 16, 2020, which Just the News obtained from a FOIA request.
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