The president indicated he was unhappy with the bill’s details. He said he was returning it without his approval because it was a “gift” to Russia and China since it failed to include “critical” national security measures and was contrary to his administration’s efforts to put America first.
“Your failure to terminate the very dangerous national security risk of Section 230 will make our intelligence virtually impossible to conduct without everyone knowing what we are doing at every step,” Trump said in a message to the House of Representatives.
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act shields social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, from liability for what their users post. Trump has advocated repealing the law and said the failure to implement any “meaningful changes” to it “facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online.”