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President Donald Trump. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in November 2019. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

Legal Twitter lit up overnight as lawyers largely denounced an executive order President Donald Trump is expected to sign Thursday limiting free speech protections for social media platforms.

The president is expected to ask for a review of protections provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely protects providers from liability for content posted on their platforms, according to various media reports. The current form circulating on social media calls to strip that immunity if online publishers restrict access to content in a way that is “deceptive or pretextual” or “inconsistent with an online platform’s terms of service.”

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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Nate Robson is the executive editor for The National Law Journal. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.

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Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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