On Wednesday, heads of the top three members of what I call the Silicon Valley Axis of Evil — Google, Facebook and Twitter — appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. During the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, went into beast mode on Jack Dorsey, the big tech oligarch who runs Twitter, the outlet that censored the New York Post after its bombshell report on Hunter Biden.
After Dorsey claimed to be non-partisan, Cruz ripped into him.
Here’s a partial transcript as posted by Breitbart:
CRUZ: “Mr Dorsey, does Twitter have the ability to influence elections”
CRUZ: “You don’t believe Twitter has any ability to influence elections?”
DORSEY: “No. We are one part of an [inaudible] spectrum of communication channels that people have.”
CRUZ: “So you’re testifying to this committee, right now, that Twitter, when it silences people, when it censors people, when it blocks political speech, that has no impact on elections?”
DORSEY: “People have choice, of other communications channels, which –”
CRUZ: “Not if they don’t hear information. If you don’t think you have the power to influence elections, why do you block anything?”
DORSEY: “We have policies that are focused on making sure that more voices on the platform are possible. We see a lot of abuse and harassment that ends up silencing people and having them leave from the platform.”
CRUZ: “I find your opening answers absurd on their face.”
He then addressed Twitter’s decision to censor the New York Post.
“Two weeks ago, Twitter and to a lesser extent Facebook, crossed a threshold which is fundamental in our country,” Cruz said. “Two weeks ago, Twitter made the unilateral decision to censor the New York Post, a series of two blockbuster articles, both alleging evidence of corruption against Joe Biden, the first concerning Ukraine, the second concerning Communist China.”
“Twitter made the decision, number one to prevent users – any user – from sharing those stories. And, number two, you went even further, and blocked the New York Post from sharing on Twitter its own reporting. Why did Twitter make the decision to censor the New York Post?” he asked.
Dorsey referenced Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy, introduced in 2018, but admitted that his moderators didn’t know for certain if the information was actually hacked.
“So in your view, if it’s unclear the source of a document – and in this instance, the New York Post documented what it said the source was – it said it was a laptop owned by Hunter Biden that had been turned in to a repair store. So they weren’t hiding what they claimed to be the source. Is it your position that Twitter, when you can’t tell the source, blocks press stories?” the Texas senator asked.
Dorsey said the decision to censor the Post was “fast,” but claimed the outlet could log into its account, delete the original tweet and repost it.
“Yes, they have to log into their account … delete the original tweet, which fell under our original enforcement actions, and they can tweet the exact same material, the exact same article, and it would go through,” Dorsey said.
It went downhill from there:
CRUZ: “So, Mr. Dorsey … You have the power to force a media outlet – let’s be clear, the New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting, the New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America, the New York Post is over two hundred years old, the New York Post was founded by Alexander Hamilton, and your position is that you can sit in Silicon Valley and demand of the media, that you can tell them what stories they can publish and you can tell the American people what stories they can hear, is that right?”
“Let me ask you something. You claim it was because of a ‘hacked materials’ policy … Did Twitter block the distribution of the New York Times’ story a few weeks ago that purported to be based on copies of President Trump’s tax returns.”
DORSEY: “We didn’t find that a violation of our terms of service and this policy, because it was reporting about the material, not distributing the material.”
CRUZ: “That’s actually not true. They posted what they purported to be original source materials, and federal law, federal statute makes it a crime, a federal felony, to distribute someone’s tax returns against their knowledge, so that material was based on something that was distributed in violation of federal law, and yet Twitter gleefully allowed people to circulate that. But when the article was critical of Joe Biden, Twitter engaged in rampant censorship and silencing.”
DORSEY: “And, again, we recognize errors in that policy. We changed it within 24 hours.”
CRUZ: “But you’re still blocking the New York Post. You haven’t changed it.”
DORSEY: “We have changed it. They can log into their account, delete the original tweet, and..”
CRUZ: “You can censor the New York Post, you can censor Politico, presumably you can censor the New York Times or any other media outlet. 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 like a Democratic super-PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”
Here’s the video:
But the story doesn’t end there. Later, Cruz put Dorsey’s statement to the test and discovered, to no one’s surprise, that the original New York Post link cannot be posted, despite Dorsey’s claim. As a result, he noted that Dorsey just violated federal law by lying under oath to the Senate:
18 USC 1621 makes it a felony to lie under oath to the Senate. https://t.co/BDHRB8CEzy
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 28, 2020
Exit question: Will Dorsey be brought up on charges for this?
You can see all of our coverage of Twitter, HERE.
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- Are Big Social Media Companies Literally Trying To Determine Who Wins November’s Presidential Election?
- Sen Cruz — Big Tech Crossed The Line: Censors WH Press Secretary, House GOP, Trump Campaign
- Twitter Fined For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations — When Will The Nazi-Style Censorship Be Stopped?
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