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Senate interviews Facebook and Twitter CEOs

The censorship of Twitter, YouTube, Google and Facebook is so shameless that we are no longer surprised.

While Big Tech has easily dodged regulation for years, the days of avoiding the Congressional spotlight are clearly over.

When Van Haga was surprised last week that his video in which he expressed his opinion about mouth masks was removed, we were again surprised that politicians are still surprised. This has been going on for so long and nothing new. If President Trump Is Already Censored ...

We hope that gradually we can all leave these censorship platforms by building an audience on alternative, non-censoring platforms.

The power of these big techs is so great and especially Anti-Trump. And they have shown that shamelessly in recent months.

Hearings

The Big Tech titans were again faced with allegations of censorship and undue influence during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee with their companies under a storm of criticism for blocking The Post's exposition of Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China.

And that just before the elections. No media reported it. Not a rooster that crowed after one of the greatest scandals in history.

What if it had been the other way around?

Click on the image to read the full story:

https://nypost.com/2020/10/15/emails-reveal-how-hunter-biden-tried-to-cash-in-big-with-chinese-firm/

The hearing was Called 'Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election'.

A member of the committee, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tweeted prior to the meeting : “I've heard of a Facebook whistleblower who has revealed Facebook and Google and Twitter coordinates to censorship. Facebook has an internal platform to manage it. I'll be asking Mark Zuckerberg about this at the hearing tomorrow. “

Dorsey was ahead of the questions by responding in his opening statement to Twitter's decision to shut The Post out for two weeks over the series on Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings.

"We quickly interpreted, without any other evidence, that the materials in the article were obtained by hacking and, according to our policy, we blocked their distribution", said Dorsey, explaining the original decision to stomp the stories.

Twitter used its policy of hacked material to justify the move, even though The Post's coverage clearly stated that the material came from an abandoned laptop that previously belonged to Hunter Biden.

"On reflection, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours", said Dorsey.

But Twitter refused to restore The Post's account unless the original tweets about the first Hunter Biden story were deleted, before finally admitting after a two-week standoff.

"We had no practice to reverse private enforcement actions ... so we created one that we believe is fair and appropriate," said Dorsey.

“I hope this illustrates the rationale behind our actions and shows that we are able to take in feedback, admit mistakes and make changes, all transparent to the public.

"We recognize that there are still concerns about how we manage content."

CEOs from left to right: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

Last month, at a Trade Committee hearing, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chided Dorsey for blocking The Post's coverage of Hunter Biden.

Mr. Dorsey, who the hell chose you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear? “

Cruz told the social media mogul. "Why do you continue to act like a democratic super-PAC, silencing positions that conflict with your political beliefs?"

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham said at Tuesday's hearing that Twitter made itself an editor of The Post when it censored articles involving President-elect Biden in his son's business deals in China and Ukraine.

A central question at the hearing is whether a federal law - Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects Internet companies from liability for content on their platforms - should be amended or repealed.

Trump has called for the repeal of Article 230 and has issued an executive order asking the FCC to review the law.

Conservatives and liberals are both concerned about how social media platforms work, for opposite reasons.

The political left has called for more aggressive police action to stop the spread of 'disinformation', while the right has accused the platforms of censorship.

While Big Tech has easily dodged regulation for years, the days of avoiding the Congressional spotlight are clearly over. And, as one expert noted, the bloom is of the rose.

Sources:
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/facebook-twitter-2020-election-senate-hearing-adonis-hoffman
https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/hawley-presses-zuckerberg-on-whistleblower-complaint-alleging-facebook-coordination-with-twitter-google
https://nypost.com/2020/11/17/jack-dorsey-mark-zuckerberg-face-senate-over-censorship-concerns/
https://www.euronews.com/2020/10/28/ceos-of-facebook-google-and-twitter-grilled-on-content-moderation-in-us-senate-hearing

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