Senate Panel Will Not Vote To Subpoena Twitter, Facebook CEOs Over Bias After Republicans Object | Beaufort County Now | Key Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are now “wavering” on whether to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over concerns about anti-conservative bias on social platforms | daily wire, senate panel, subpoena, twitter, facebook, CEOs, bias, october 20, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Senate Panel Will Not Vote To Subpoena Twitter, Facebook CEOs Over Bias After Republicans Object

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Emily Zanotti.

    Key Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are now "wavering" on whether to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over concerns about anti-conservative bias on social platforms, leaving the committee's plan to address the issue up in the air according to a report from POLITICO.

    Last week, following Twitter's decision to fully ban sharing a New York Post story about a mystery laptop containing emails that allegedly show international influence peddling by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, that he should expect to explain his platform's censorship policies before the Senate committee.

    Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who has been hammering on Twitter's growing role as a "publisher" rather than a "platform" backed Cruz.

    Twitter blocked all sharing of the Post story and locked the Post out of their platform after the outlet published the story, citing its "hacked materials" policy but failing to demonstrate how the Post's reporting related to any incident of hacking. After an outcry, Dorsey took to Twitter to apologize for censoring the Post's link and claimed Twitter would update its policies, but noted that future policy changes would not apply to the Post's situation.

    "Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix. Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have [the] capabilities to do that," Dorsey tweeted on Friday. Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead, Vijaya Gadde, confirmed that the social media platform is making changes to its "hacked materials" policy to address "concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers, and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter's purpose of serving the public conversation."

    The platform re-activated sharing for the Post's story late last week. As the Daily Wire reported, an MIT study, released Monday, showed that Twitter's censorship had the precise opposite effect from what was intended, and that presumped censorship of "conservative" material "nearly doubled" attention on the Biden allegations.

    On Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the hearing would include a vote on whether to subpoena Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in addition to Dorsey.

    During a Tuesday Senate meeting on the subject, though, Republicans reportedly "wavered" on demanding testimony from tech bigwigs.

    "Judiciary staff has indicated internally that plans for the vote were delayed in part due to some GOP panel members wavering on whether to support the action, according to one Senate GOP aide, who spoke anonymously to discuss private negotiations," POLITICO said. "Republican officials have also expressed trepidation about how quickly the committee has moved to vote on the subpoenas, the aide said. A committee spokesperson did not immediately offer comment on the matter."

    The wavering Republicans went unnamed.

    Cruz did tell POLITICO that he plans on hearing testimony from both Dorsey and Zuckerberg, even if he cannot get all Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Commitee on board.

    "One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election," Cruz told the outlet.

    The Republican National Committee also filed a complaint against Twitter with the Federal Election Commission late last week, alleging that Twitter's censorship of a story damaging to Joe Biden amounted to an in-kind donation to Biden's presidential campaign.


HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Sherry-Lynn Womack finds herself in the proverbial hot water. Her crime? Womack went up to Washington, D.C., for the rally for Donald Trump on Jan. 6.
The year ended with a record-breaking $3.1 trillion deficit and, as usual, the U.S. government managed to blow tens of billions on a myriad of wasteful projects that should provoke outrage among tax-paying Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will deliver an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday.
Protecting the Club is more important than standing on principle

HbAD1

It’s so easy to let jealousy trump good sense. I think that’s what a ‘wealth tax’ is all about.
In this installment, we will discuss the "controversial" Gospel of Judas and how it can be used to decipher cryptic messages made by actors portraying the role of "Judas" in the current political arena..
The North Carolina Council on Health Care Coverage held its last meeting today to finalize principles to help guide Governor Roy Cooper and legislative leaders as they consider options to increase affordable and comprehensive health coverage for North Carolinians.
At the Request of President Biden, Acting Secretary of Education Will Extend Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments
She's impressive and hopefully isn't finished in public service.

HbAD2

Chicago prosecutors say 36-year-old Aditya Singh lived in the city’s O’Hare International Airport for three months to avoid flying home to Los Angeles, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

HbAD3

 
Back to Top