Lawmakers Condemn Twitter, Facebook Censorship Of New York Post’s Biden Corruption Report

Lawmakers Condemn Twitter, Facebook Censorship Of New York Post’s Biden Corruption Report

On Wednesday members of Congress denounced the censorship and retaliation by Twitter and Facebook of the New York Post’s bombshell report about connections between Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and his father’s vice-presidential tenure.

Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent letters condemning the censorship and calling for answers from the big tech companies.

In Cruz’s letter, he requested that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey answer why Twitter chose to censor that particular article, claiming it was “hypocritical” and an attempt to influence the presidential election. Cruz demanded that Dorsey submit Twitter’s answers to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

“Twitter well knows its incredible ability to influence public dialogue by promoting some stories while suppressing others and it has plainly decided that the American should not be seeing or discussing this particular story which could significantly influence voters’ views of candidate Biden,” Cruz said.

Hawley sent letters to both Facebook and Twitter condemning their overreach in this area and asking them to clarify their “pre-emptive removal of a news story.”

“The seemingly selective nature of this public intervention suggests partiality on the part of Facebook,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “And your efforts to suppress the distribution of content revealing potentially unethical activity by a candidate for president raises a number of additional questions, to which I expect responses immediately.”

“I find this behavior stunning but not surprising from a platform that has censored the President of the United States,” Hawley wrote to Dorsey.

He also scrutinized Twitter and Facebook for failing to provide evidence that the Post’s story contained false information.

Hawley also wrote to the Federal Election Commission alleging that the blatant and “coordinated” censorship by Facebook and Twitter “appears to constitute a clear violation of federal campaign law” and should be investigated and acted upon.

Other GOP members in Congress publicly denounced the actions of Twitter and Facebook and called for legislative reform of Section 230 as well as continued oversight for big tech companies wrongly exercising their power.

While Republican members of Congress expressed outrage over this breach of trust by big tech, Democratic senators and representatives remained quiet about the issue.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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