(PresidentialInsider.com)- Senator Ted Cruz went head to head with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday, grilling him on matters relating to election meddling and censorship. The Texas senator cited the attempts by Twitter to stop media outlets and users from haring stories about Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Cruz asked Dorsey who put him in charge of what the media is allowed to report, and pushed the CEO to explain to the American people why his social media platform selectively censors conservatives.
“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?” Cruz asked. “And why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”
It’s a question conservatives have wanted Dorsey to answer for a long time.
Sen. Ted Cruz:
“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?” pic.twitter.com/lrC9II2MxL
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 28, 2020
Cruz also referenced the fact that the New York Post, America’s oldest newspaper, is still locked out of its Twitter account for publishing an entirely legitimate story earlier this month. The Post published emails taken from a laptop that was abandoned by Hunter Biden at a computer repair store in Delaware.
Even though the emails were legally obtained, Twitter banned the sharing of links to the article and locked the New York Post out of their account until they agree to delete their posts. Twitter claimed initially that the emails were a product of hacking, but there is no evidence to suggest this is true and all evidence points to the emails being legally obtained.
Dorsey said that Twitter chose to censor the stories from the Post because they didn’t know where the information came from.
“We found that the New York Post, because it showed the direct materials, screenshots of the direct materials, it was unclear how those were obtained,” he said, seemingly unaware of the fact that the Post provided information about how the information was obtained.
Cruz noted this, and asked, “Is it your position that Twitter when you can’t tell the source, blocks press stories?”
Dorsey said, “no, not at all,” before saying that he believes actions taken against the New York Post were not ideal. Despite this, the Post is still locked out of its Twitter account.
What will it take for someone to finally take action against social media platforms behaving like publishers?