Senator Ted Cruz eviscerated CEO Jack Dorsey today over Twitter’s censorship actions and how they are acting as a publisher:
Must-watch moment from @tedcruz as he asks Twitter's CEO to define the word "publisher" then uses his own definition to go point-by-point on Twitter's long history of censorship to show why Twitter is indeed a publisher. pic.twitter.com/3HlPb8jS4c
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 17, 2020
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.
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