Reps. Jordan, Buck demand solutions from Twitter on ‘systemic viewpoint-based discrimination’ towards conservatives
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Republican Reps Jim Jordan and Ken Buck on Thursday called on Twitter for responses to what they call “systemic discrimination-based discrimination” from conservatives, arguing that the social media giant’s behavior has become “bolder” in recent months .
Jordan, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and Buck, the top Republican on the Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee, wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying the platform “played a leading role the shutdown and censorship of politics plays the speech of conservative Americans. “
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“Big Tech, especially Twitter, Inc., deals with systemic discrimination based on point of view,” they write. “In the unfortunate phenomenon of ‘culture chipping’, Twitter is playing a leading role in muting and censoring political speech by conservative Americans.”
Jordan and Buck said Twitter “throttled the circulation of a mainstream newspaper article criticizing the son of then-candidate Joe Biden and later took the unprecedented move of de-platforming the sitting President of the United States.”
“If Twitter can do this to the President of the United States, it can do this to any American for whatever reason,” they wrote.
Jordan and Buck referred to an article in the New York Post in October about Hunter Biden’s overseas business. Twitter restricted the circulation of the article. The company has also permanently suspended former President Trump from the platform following the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Jordan and Buck said Republicans requested documents from Twitter in July 2020 to investigate the “size, competitiveness and role of social media companies.”
“Although Twitter’s attorneys offered a telephone briefing, Twitter ultimately failed to provide the documents requested to aid our efforts to monitor the digital market,” they wrote. “Since then, Twitter’s behavior has only gotten bolder.” Jordan and Buck then requested a billing of “all content moderation decisions made by Twitter in the past year” to “users in the US,” including the Twitter rule or policy “that the user allegedly violated and the content of the Moderation “Tweet. “
They also requested all documents and communications related to Twitter’s decision to apply a “fact check” notation to a Trump tweet regarding mail-in ballot papers starting May 2020, and to “how Twitter decided has what additional information should be made available to users in relation to Mail-In Voting “as well as the documents and communications on Trump’s tweet of June 23, 2020 about an autonomous zone in Washington DC, which, according to the company, violates the guidelines “Abusive behavior and the threat of harm to an identifiable group” violate.
“We expect to receive the documents as soon as possible, but no later than March 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.,” they wrote.
Twitter declined to comment on the letter.
Jordan, in an interview with Fox Business Thursday, called for Section 230 protection for social media companies to be lifted.
“If Twitter makes editorial decisions like saying that President Trump won’t be on their platform but they are going to tweet the ayatollah that he’s going to strike America, what’s the consistency there?” Said Jordan. “And the Americans see it, they understand, they know it’s wrong, and we should at least remove Section 230 protection.”
Republicans have questioned whether social media giants should still be granted liability protection under Section 230 – a rule that protects social media companies from being held liable for content on their platforms while they can moderate that content .
Meanwhile, the letter comes after more than 40 House Republicans passed laws that would expand the U.S. Sanctions Act to ban social media companies, foreign individuals, or organizations sanctioned for terrorism from using their platforms to allow.
Fox News received nothing but a copy of the new legislation that would clarify the existing Sanctions Act by giving the President the power to “provide services”, including providing and maintaining accounts, through social media platforms to foreign individuals or to foreigners Organizations sanctioned for terrorism and senior officials sanctioned state sponsors of terrorism.
Social media platforms include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
In the legislation, the legislature refers to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been classified as a specially designated global terrorist by the Treasury Department, and to “the leader of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism” and says that Khamenei “has several social media outlets “have accounts on Twitter and Instagram. “
“The Supreme Leader has used his reports to threaten violence against Americans, support the destruction of the State of Israel, promote conspiracy theories and disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, and encourage anti-Semitism on several occasions,” the legislation reads.
The letter from Jordan and Buck also comes after Jordan earlier this week requested that House Justice Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler hold a hearing to address what he called the “dangerous trend” of cancellation culture in America.
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“From newsrooms to university campuses to social media giants, we’ve seen a dangerous trend towards silencing and censoring certain political speeches,” wrote Jordan. “Since the committee is charged with upholding the Constitution and our fundamental freedoms, our first full committee hearing for the 117th Congress must examine this culture of annulment that grips America.”
“Breaking off culture is a dangerous phenomenon whether you agree with the censored views or not,” Jordan said. “Our society must always encourage the free exchange of ideas, not pick up ideas with which we do not agree.”
Jordan warned: “If the demolition culture remains unchallenged, it is not just the unpopular or controversial viewpoints that are at risk.”
“Every point of view and every idea – whether now widely accepted or not – runs the risk of falling out of favor with the ever-changing standards of the demolition culture,” he wrote.
Nadler did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether the committee would hold a hearing on the abandonment culture.