Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to task over his company’s censorship policies and labeling election fraud news as disinformation.
During the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Cruz pressed Dorsey over whether he considered Twitter a publisher, which therefore wouldn’t fall under Section 230 protection.
The Western Journal reported:
“The Twitter CEO’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday included a welter of evasions and half-truths over his company’s role as an information censor that would have made a Democrat blush.
But the Texas Republican wasn’t letting it go by.
In a statement before questioning Dorsey, Cruz noted that Twitter and fellow Big Tech giants Facebook and Google have “massive power” over the information Americans receive, and he pointed out the infamous role of Twitter in particular in squelching distribution of the story of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son and his crooked, money-grifting ways.
Dorsey admitted the company was “wrong” to block the story — an admission that came two weeks to the day after voters who were largely ignorant of the story (thanks to the mainstream media) had already gone to the polls.”
RightScoop reported on the Senate hearing:
Dorsey tells Cruz that Twitter is not a publisher, but rather a distributor of information. But Ted Cruz makes the case that via Twitter’s actions in some cases, they are indeed acting as a publisher.
For example, Cruz highlights how Twitter completely blocked the NY Post article on Hunter Biden’s laptop. But when it came to the NY Times article on Trump’s taxes, they didn’t take any action. Dorsey claimed that the NY Times article was just ‘reporting’ on hacked materials and that’s why they didn’t block it.
Cruz then notes how Twitter forced a Politico reporter, Jake Sherman, to take down his tweets after locking his account for simply ‘reporting’ on the NY Post story and asking Team Biden for a response. While Dorsey claimed that action was later determined to be a mistake, Cruz reiterated his point that Twitter was using their star chamber power as a publisher, determining which stories a reporter could write and publish.
Cruz then went after both Dorsey and Zuckerberg over their purported claim to transparency by putting them both on the spot and asking for a list of Republicans and Democrats they have hit with censorship enforcements, saying he’s asked for it in the past but has not received it. Dorsey was hesitant to commit to generating such a list, even though he admitted they had the data in a database somewhere. Zuckerberg said he wasn’t aware of such a list, but seemed more open to trying to get the data to Cruz.
Cruz also posted three articles about voter fraud, while at the the hearing, to test Twitter for censorship. The posts remain up.
Some posters speculated whether Cruz’s postings helped Trump to not be censored.