Over the course of the last two weeks, there has been a keen focus on the actions of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, thanks to the fast and furious nature of the 2020 presidential election.
This has been an election revolving around social media in ways never before seen. Arguments between former online friends have turned ugly with the sort of speed reserved for turbine engines and big cats from the Sahara, and moderators at some of the most popular social media aggregators have been extremely busy attempting to wade through untold volumes of bunk material.
But there are concerns, particularly among hardcore supporters of President Trump, that social media companies are operating under some sort of liberal bias, pushing their own personal agenda out through their platforms via censorship and shadow banning.
Twitter, in particular, has been the focus of the ire of many on the right after they arbitrarily blocked The New York Post‘s article regarding the contents of a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden.
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Today on Capitol Hill, Senator Ted Cruz gave Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey a piece of his mind.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped into Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a hearing with tech titans on Wednesday, accusing him and his social media platform of improperly censoring reporting that reflected poorly on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, asking at point, “Who the hell elected you?”
The exchange comes as Republicans over the last several weeks have decried Twitter’s actions to lock the New York Post’s Twitter account, and censor links to the outlet’s stories, on Biden’s son, Hunter, and his overseas business dealings.
Dorsey said this was due to a policy regarding hacked materials, because the stories were based on emails from Hunter Biden’s purported laptop. Cruz noted that a New York Times article about President Trump’s tax returns did not face the same treatment, even though the materials appeared to be leaked illegally.
“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, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?” Cruz asked.
Dorsey’s response was simple, stating that individuals had other choices of how and where to communicate with each other, and if they didn’t like Twitter’s policies, they needn’t use the service.
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