Friday Update: Twitter Places Another Public Interest Notice on Trump Tweet

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Good morning, it’s Friday, May 29. I’m Katherine Ross and here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are 5.8 million cases of the virus worldwide with over 360,000 deaths.

In the U.S., there are 1.7 million cases of the virus, with over 101,000 deaths.

Brazil has 438,000 cases with a reported death count, per Johns Hopkins, of 26,000.

In news not directly linked to the coronavirus,

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday with the goal of clamping down on the behavior of social media companies such as Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report and Facebook (FB) - Get Report.

At a press conference, Trump summarized the goal of the order as to "make it that social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield."

Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, internet platforms that host third-party content are protected for posts from users.

Trump's signing of the executive order was triggered by Twitter's decision this week to affix a fact-checking label to a Trump tweet for the first time.

The spat escalated further Friday after Twitter placed a public interest notice on a Trump tweet, saying the tweet violated the platform’s rules about the “glorification of violence.” The tweet from Trump regarded violence in Minnesota following the death of George Floyd, who was killed after being handcuffed and pinned down by police officers in Minneapolis.  

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