Remember when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ordered the censorship of the bombshell reporting by The New York Post concerning Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and the laptop that contained enough evidence to derail Joe Biden’s election?
Dorsey was forced to remember that moment today, too, as he was taken to task by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a hearing where he and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were forced to explain why the big tech social media companies routinely censor conservatives on their platforms.
Sen. Lindsey Graham was early to strike against the actions taken by big tech social media in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
“The editorial decision by the New York Post to run the story was overridden by Twitter and Facebook in different fashions to prevent its dissemination. Now if that’s not making an editorial decision I don’t know what would be,” Graham said.
According to the Post Millennial, Dorsey finally admitted that his company’s efforts to censor the story were a massive mistake — one that hilariously propelled interest in the story to heights that probably wouldn’t have been reached if the social media company didn’t censor it in the first place.
As you’ll remember, Twitter’s reasoning for the blatant censorship at the time was because they believed sharing of the information would have breached their “hacked content” policy. Dorsey admitted on Tuesday at the hearing that they had no evidence to indicate that the material on Hunter Biden’s laptop was “hacked.”
“This resulted in us blocking people from sharing the New York Post’s article, publicly or privately. We made a quick interpretation, made on no other evidence, that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking. And according to our policy we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours,” Dorsey said.
By “correcting,” he forgot to mention that Twitter kept the New York Post’s Twitter account locked for much longer than 24 hours, so nothing was truly “corrected.”
It was probably lip service to get the U.S. Senate off his back, but Dorsey went on to admit that the company is willing to “admit mistakes” and “make changes” with regard to how they handle content censorship, while also adding that he’s very aware of the Section 230 shield that’s provided to social media giants.
“We acknowledge that there are still concerns over how we moderate content, and our use of Section 230,” Dorsey said.
President Donald Trump has been adamant in his threats to take away Section 230 coverage for the companies, which would open them up to being litigated against by publishers and users. Many agree that stripping those protections away would be a huge step in leveling the playing field by preventing them from making editorial decisions about content with which they simply don’t agree.
Hopefully, today’s Senate hearing will provide the billionaire CEOs with a little shock treatment to realize that they’re under the microscope and that Congress is watching. Only time will tell if it’s effective.