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    Trump’s executive order targeting social media could complicate global efforts to regulate digital platforms

    President Donald Trump before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media platforms at the White House in May 2020.
    President Donald Trump before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media platforms at the White House in May 2020. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
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    President Donald Trump escalated his battle with social media firms on Thursday, signing an executive order that targets a longstanding piece of U.S. internet policy limiting platforms’ legal liability for things their users post.

    Policymakers in Canada, the U.S. and other countries are increasingly reconsidering such “safe harbour” provisions for internet companies. But legal and policy experts are divided on whether the White House’s unilateral action flouts international trade obligations under the USMCA, and how it might affect Canada’s own regulatory efforts.

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