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Tech CEOs testify on election censorship

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 11/17/20, 04:58 pm

WASHINGTON—Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other GOP lawmakers blasted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for censoring conservative users and engaging in “editorializing.” But Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urged Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be even more aggressive about moderating election information, telling them to stop “caving” to Republicans. Lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday grilled the two Big Tech leaders about how they handled election information. Graham also encouraged them to consider the potentially addictive nature of their websites.

How did they respond? Dorsey said Twitter labeled more than 300,000 tweets, or about 0.2 percent of election-related posts, with warnings about disputed facts or links to more information. Zuckerberg called for Congress to establish clear guidelines and rules for social media platforms.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties on the last time Zuckerberg and Dorsey appeared before the Senate.


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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 11/18/2020 11:34 am

    I read somewhere that Biden told them to begin censoring in Jan. 2020 what goes out on social media.

    They have been censoring since Jan and then became more aggressive closer to the election. 

    We have neighborhood emails called NextDoor. I found out that it is out of Cal. And obviously controlled by their censorship. I responded to a discussion and called COVID the "virus" or something like that. They stopped my response and told me exactly what I was allowed to call it. I quit that social media.

    Big Brother is already here and it isn't Trump. He is still working hard for NOT CHINA, NOT RUSSIA, but OUR COUNTRY.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Thu, 11/19/2020 02:12 pm

    I'm on Next Door also. I commented benignly when some asked for local places to travel. All I said was that COVID had interfered with our summer plans as well, and I would be interested in knowing popular day trips. A pop up asked me to edit my comments to prevent the spread of misinformation. I hit "publish anyway." Another pop up asked me if I wanted to link to the CDC website, complete with a convenient link. I found it more amusing than anything. Next Door is great for lost pets, knowing what to put in the hummingbird feeders, and who can recommend a good roofing company. Sometimes the individuals become political and quickly get removed. I don't consider that censorship, since the app is designed to connect with your neighbors. 

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