Big tech censorship has become increasingly common over the past year and especially in the build-up to the US Election. Many conservative social media users have complained of being ‘shadow banned’, de-platformed or censored. Wednesday, October 28th was a day to fight back as the CEOs of Twitter, Google and Facebook faced the scrutiny of a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.
Jack Dorsey of Twitter, Sundar Pichai of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook were called to answer questions from Republican senators who provided evidence of anti-conservative bias, while Democrats argued more big tech censorship is needed not less. The Hearing was a direct result of Twitter silencing the New York Post‘s exposé on the Biden family’s corrupt business dealings.
It was spearheaded by Senator Ted Cruz who believes big tech censorship needs to be stopped. “When the New York Post broke a story alleging serious corruption by Joe Biden and Hunter Biden it was blocked,” he observed at the time. “We have seen Twitter and Facebook actively interfering in this election. The Post is the fourth-largest circulation newspaper in our country. Never before have we seen such censorship of a major publication. This is election interference and has no precedent in the history of democracy.”
Senator Cruz repeated these statements at today’s Hearing observing that “the three witnesses we have before the committee today collectively pose the greatest threat to freedom of speech in America and to free and fair elections. Out of the players before us, Twitter has by far been the most egregious. Addressing the CEO of Twitter, he asked “Mr Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?”
In response, Jack Dorsey (pictured below) said that Twitter had blocked publication of the New York Post articles because of its policy of not wanting to be seen to be a distributor of information derived from hacking. Twitter later backed down on the articles however The Post’s Twitter account is still inactive. Read: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey falsely tells senators company lifted ban on Post exposé
Senator Marsha Blackburn accused Jack Dorsey of censoring President Trump’s tweets 65 times while allowing the tweets of other world leaders, even dictators like the President of Iran to go unchecked. “Twitter has ‘censored’ President Trump 65 times and Joe Biden zero. There is a pattern of subjective manipulation of information’.”
When asked if any of the three leaders could name any liberal that they had censored they were unable to answer. Watch the full Senate Commerce Committee Big Tech Censorship hearing.
Also read: #Twexit – Why are thousands moving to new social media platforms?
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