McMorris Rodgers weighs in on Trump’s spat with Twitter, Congress’s role
But Charles Duan, director of technology and innovation policy at the R Street Institute, a D.C. think tank that advocates for free markets, said the executive order may already have had its desired effect, pressuring companies to give the president’s posts special treatment.
“It’s the effect of basically trying to bully the social media companies into doing things that the president wants,” he said. “They know that the president can now impose large costs of litigation and large attorney fees on companies who say things that the president doesn’t like.”
“I think that’s going to make them somewhat more risk averse. I think that they’re going to be concerned about even doing things that appear to trigger the president,” Duan said.