White House says Elon Musk's deal on Twitter not new

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White House says Elon Musk's deal on Twitter not new

The White House declined to comment on billionaire Elon Musk's deal on Monday April 25 to buy Twitter Inc., but said President Joe Biden has been concerned about the power of social media platforms.

The White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that their concerns were not new.

The president has talked about the power of social media platforms, including Twitter and others, to spread misinformation. She said the White House wouldn't comment on an individual transaction.

She said that the White House supports ramping up antitrust and transparency enforcement on technology companies and that it is a priority for revising Section 230, a law that shields online companies from liability over content posted by users.

Biden administration officials think tougher scrutiny could prevent the spread of false information on political issues and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Psaki said that they engage with all social media platforms about steps that can be taken. That has continued, and I'm sure that will continue, but there are reforms that Congress could take.