Senator Ted Cruz went face to face with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and claims he was ‘breaking the law.’
In one snip from a recorded video interview, Cruz is seen saying ‘You knowingly committed a felony by releasing someone’s (Trump’s) tax returns without their knowledge.’
The firey interview came during a meeting between politicians and tech giants at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on what is known as Section 230 protections that keep social media platforms from being liable for statements made through their services.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was also present during the hearing.
Dorsey has been accused of censoring any stories which may favour President Trump during the run up to tonight’s election, such as the corruption stories of Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
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“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 as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?” Cruz asked.
Dorsey claimed that this was not the case. He also denied that Twitter has the ability to influence elections, a claim that Cruz derided as “absurd.”
“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?”
“People have choice of other communication channels,” Dorsey claimed.
“Not if they don’t hear information,” Cruz shot back. “If you don’t think you have the power to influence elections, why do you block anything?”
Dorsey claimed that his policies are “making sure more that voices on the platform are possible,” which is done by silencing abuse and harassment.
However, thousands of Pro-Trump accounts have been deleted in recent weeks in what the President called the ‘days of darkness.’
“Do either one of you have any evidence that the New York Post story is part of Russian disinformation or that those emails aren’t authentic?” Johnson asked Dorsey and Zuckerberg.
“We don’t,” Dorsey said. He then reiterated that they believed it violated their hacking policy, only for Johnson to point out that the emails were not hacked.
Zuckerberg said he gets his reasoning to delete accounts from the FBI who have called conspiracy groups such as QAnon ‘domestic terrorist threats.’
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