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Trump’s order targeting social media sites, explained

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday targeting legal protections that keep people from suing social media websites.

The move follows his anger at Twitter over its decision this week to append fact-check labels to several of his tweets about mail-in voting, along with links to accurate information on the topic.

Much of the president’s order consists of complaints about social media companies and their efforts to flag or remove content deemed inappropriate.

Here is an explanation of the legal issues surrounding the components of the order that would — or might — do something.

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