It’s not quite a denial, however.
By Jon Fingas | 22 September 2018
ENGADGET — Is President Trump looking at an executive order that would investigate internet companies over his accusations of political bias? Not officially… although the government isn’t strictly denying the claims, either. After Bloomberg reported the existence of a draft order, deputy White House press secretary Lindsey Walters issued a statement that the document was “not the result of an official policymaking process.” It’s not saying the story is wrong, as such — it is, however, downplaying the prospect of such an order becoming a reality.
The origins of the draft are mysterious as it is. Sources talking to the Washington Post corroborated the existence of the draft and that it had been distributed in the White House, but didn’t know who wrote it or even where it came from. It didn’t, however, stem from the National Economic Council (which would have had to conduct investigations under the order) or the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The draft has reportedly been circulating around companies like Facebook as well as Washington law firms. […]