President Donald Trump’s administration is working to shut down several online publications, including Wikipedia, according to people familiar with the matter.
The move is part of a broader crackdown on the social media site by the Trump administration, which has long been trying to curb online speech and censorship.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning websites, social media platforms and blogs that “impose or encourage violence, hatred, or discrimination” against people based on their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
He also ordered the Justice Department to draft a “countering violent extremism” strategy and asked the Defense Department to develop a strategy to counter the spread of online propaganda that “propagates false information.”
On Twitter, Trump took to the social network to condemn the decision.
“The president has spoken out against the false, inaccurate, and misleading propaganda that’s spewing false and malicious information about our nation and our government,” he tweeted.
“He’s also called for an end to fake news and fake news sites that are hurting the American people and the First Amendment.”
The administration is also considering how to censor websites and social media that have engaged in anti-Trump sentiment or political speech.
“As soon as we get the order, we’ll begin a thorough review to determine how best to do that,” said Brian Deese, an assistant attorney general who heads the Justice department’s Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Section.
He declined to elaborate on how the review will proceed.
A Justice Department official said the order would apply to websites and other online platforms that “promote violent extremism,” including the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer and the far-right website The Daily Caller.
Deese said the administration is still working on the definition of what constitutes “hate speech.”
“We’re looking at a range of different things, including whether it’s criminal speech, whether it includes inciting violence, whether they’re engaging in content that is harmful to people’s safety, and whether they can be blocked or shut down,” he said.
The Department of Justice has also begun reviewing how the internet works and whether it has the ability to monitor the activities of certain websites and online platforms, the official said.
Trump has been a vocal critic of internet companies, especially Facebook, which he views as a threat to American democracy.
The Trump administration has proposed a number of measures aimed at blocking the online speech of critics of the president and the administration.
The White House has also suggested it will seek to remove information that critics of Trump, including the president himself, find “offensive,” including his statements on the campaign trail.
The new executive order, which would make it easier for government officials to block online platforms and social networks, is a major step in the Trump White House’s efforts to curb the online freedom of speech.
In a statement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would “work to ensure that this executive order will not impede our ability to protect people from misinformation and extremism online.”
The move comes after the Trump team’s effort to crack down on internet speech and content was severely challenged by the Obama administration in 2016.
The administration eventually ruled that internet speech could be blocked on the basis of its content and that online platforms could be penalized for inciting hate speech, even if they didn’t specifically incite violence or hate speech.