ABSTRACT

Executive Order 13925: Preventing Online Censorship   [open pdf - 245KB]

Alternate Title: EO 13925: Preventing Online Censorship

From Section 1, Policy: "Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy. Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people. In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet. This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power. They cease functioning as passive bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and treated as content creators. The growth of online platforms in recent years raises important questions about applying the ideals of the First Amendment to modern communications technology. Today, many Americans follow the news, stay in touch with friends and family, and share their views on current events through social media and other online platforms. As a result, these platforms function in many ways as a 21st century equivalent of the public square."

Report Number:
Executive Order 13925; EO 13925
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Date:
2020-05-28
Copyright:
Public Domain
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Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR
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pdf
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application/pdf
Source:
Federal Register (June 2, 2020), v.85 no.106, p.34079
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