U.S. President Donald Trump decided to block the defense budget with sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which was agreed by both chambers of Congress, because of the position on social networks. The state leader wrote about it on Twitter.
“It’s very sad for our country. (…) Very bad for our national security and fair elections. This is our last chance to solve it. I will use VETO,” Trump wrote.
In his opinion, the budget should repeal Article 230 of the Law on Decency in Communications, which endangers elections and national security. According to this paragraph, social networks are not responsible for user comments and can make changes in them. Trump and his administration are in favor of holding sites accountable for censorship.
After the U.S. election, Twitter tagged many Trump’s messages as “containing untruth” or blocked them. The social networks themselves claim that they do not suppress anyone’s point of view, but limit or remove content that contradicts their rules. At the same time, state and party leaders fall under the protection of some companies, for example, Twitter.