Trump Blasts Big Tech Over Censorship as CEOs Testify Before Senate Committee

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 3:35 PM
Trump Blasts Big Tech Over Censorship as CEOs Testify Before Senate Committee

Source: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

On Wednesday, the arbiters of First Amendment rights on the internet -- the big tech plutocrats -- paid a little visit to Capitol Hill to respond to complaints from duly elected members of the United States Senate. While the social media barons danced around the issue of censorship, President Trump blasted the Silicon Valley elites for their brazen censorship of The New York Post's reporting on the Biden family's business activities.  

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects social media giants from being held liable for the content they publish. Newspapers and other media outlets enjoy no such protection. If Twitter is going to act as a publisher, behave like The New York Times, and favor Democrats, then critics believe Twitter and other social media monopolies that engage in such partisan censorship should lose the protections intended for platforms, not publishers. 

Senate Commerce Committee members, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Alphabet Inc. (Google) Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the issue of censorship.

After blocking The New York Post's reporting about a smoking gun email showing Hunter Biden arranged a meeting between Joe Biden and a Burisma executive, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted to lawmakers on Wednesday that Twitter had no evidence to suggest the story was disinformation and was unable to defend Twitter's claim that the information was the result of hacking. 

Zuckerberg and Dorsey will also testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 regarding their censorship of the New York Post's report on Hunter Biden's emails.