Senators Set To Subpoena Twitter CEO Over ‘Actively Interfering’ In Election
Well, it seems Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is about to find himself in hot water with the government, again, after his company decided to suspend President Trump’s campaign account over a video they shared about Hunter Biden.
Top GOP officials on the Judiciary Committee announced early Thursday morning that they planned to subpoena Dorsey due to the censorship of news reports that allegedly expose corruption within the family of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“In the last two days, we have seen a remarkable development,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said. “We have seen big tech, we’ve seen Twitter and Facebook actively interfering in this election in a way that has no precedent in the history of our country. Yesterday, the New York Post broke a story alleging serious corruption of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden concerning Ukraine. The allegations in the New York Post story, if true, indicate that Vice President Biden lied when he said that he had never discussed his son’s business dealings.”
“That story, once the New York Post broke it, was blocked by Twitter and Facebook,” Cruz continued. “Anyone who attempted to share was prevented from sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. The New York Post itself, when it attempted to put out its story, was blocked on Twitter and Facebook. The New York Post has the fourth-largest circulation of any newspaper in this country.”
“Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication with serious allegations of corruption of one of the two candidates for president. That was last night,” Cruz continued. “This morning the story escalated and got even worse. The New York Post broke a second story of a series of emails that indicate yet more corruption; in this instance, the Biden family receiving millions of dollars from communist China government officials.”
Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to subpoena Twitter's Jack Dorsey. pic.twitter.com/JTU5W3gIug
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 15, 2020
Look, the argument that Twitter is a private company and therefore can set its own rules isn’t necessarily the case anymore. They are now one of the primary means people use to get their news and spread information. The company has become part of the modern day public square.
Therefore, it’s wrong and a violation of the First Amendment for them to try and stop the spread of information like this. And shutting down a political campaign over this is definitely election interference.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this subpoena and what Dorsey has to say for himself.