White House proposes executive order to Trump that would examine tech companies’ practices

White House proposes executive order to Trump that would examine tech companies’ practices
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The White House is drafting an executive order to look into the business practices of top tech companies like Google and Facebook, Bloomberg reported Saturday.

A copy of the draft order obtained by Bloomberg directs federal antitrust and law enforcement officials to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.”

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Other government agencies are then asked to provide recommendations on how to “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”

Bloomberg noted that no companies are explicitly named in the order, but that it would apply to tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE has recently attacked social media companies, accusing them of discriminating against and silencing conservative voices.

Company executives have acknowledged that some policies have mistakenly acted against voices across the political spectrum, but have denied attempting to silence or being biased against conservatives.

Executives from Twitter and Facebook testified before Congress earlier this month. The Justice Department announced the same day that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment MORE would meet with state attorneys general to determine if tech companies are “intentionally stifling” free speech on their platforms.

“The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms,” a Justice Department spokesman said at the time.