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 TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed 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 SessionsChief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Press: Mueller closes in on Trump 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.