President Trump’s executive order governing social media sent us reeling, trying to think through the implications for the big tech platforms. While lots of people think a legal challenge from the industry is inevitable—and very likely to succeed—that’s not the end of the matter. If tech responds too aggressively, it could further inflame relations, causing even more problems for many of the companies, which face separate antitrust investigations.
That’s surely why the big companies are divided in their response, as has been implicit in the very different public comments on content moderation from Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey in the past day. For a detailed analysis of what the executive order means and doesn’t mean, see our story today.