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Facebook may restrict free speech to stay away from legal, regulatory trouble

It looks like Facebook wants to restrict free speech in order to stay away from legal and regulatory trouble. Starting next month, Facebook can remove any content from the website that could drag the company to court or put CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of lawmakers.

"Section 3.2 will be updated from 1 October 2020"

Facebook has already started notifying users that there's an update to the Terms of Service coming into effect on October 1, 2020.

The changes made to Section 3.2 (“What you can share and do on Facebook” under “Your commitments to Facebook and our community”) of the company’s Terms of service reads:

“We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook.”

In May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook. The order could strip platform liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides internet and social media companies with broad immunity from liability for the content posted by their users on their platform.

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