The internet and social media attempt to maintain a veneer of unbiased views.
But that is not the case.
Now, Ted Cruz called Twitter out on this shocking scandal.
Social media is full of diverse opinions, but is also an extremely hostile and divided environment.
And nowhere is that more true than in politics.
Political discussions divide people like never before.
But there is another aspect of social media discussion that goes on behind the scenes.
And Senator Ted Cruz is calling media giant Twitter out for their double-standard.
Only a few weeks ago, social media exploded with the news of the discovery of an abandoned laptop that turned out to belong to Hunter Biden and possessed a huge amount of incriminating evidence against the Biden family.
But Twitter actively tried to suppress the story by taking down posts about it, deleting accounts that shared the New York Post’s article, and more.
They used their power to prevent the spread of information.
On the other hand, when The New York Times’ story about Trump’s tax returns was published, Twitter did nothing to stop the spread of that article.
Thus, this past week, Ted Cruz confronted Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey in court to discuss this misconduct.
“In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Cruz pressed Dorsey on how Twitter could possibly claim not to be a publisher when it selectively applied its hacked materials policy against the Biden story but not against the New York Times article on Trump’s tax returns.
“Cruz argued that the immunity platforms like Twitter enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is ‘in effect, a subsidy,’ a form of ‘corporate welfare’ for some of the most influential companies on the planet. Under Section 230, companies like Twitter are not held liable for the content others publish on their platforms. Section 230 gives the companies the ability to curate content to some extent on the premise that they are not acting as publishers.”
Twitter’s argument was that the company is not a “publisher” per se and thus is exempt from censorship laws that govern publishers.
“You claim [The New York Post story] was ‘hacked materials’ and yet you didn’t block the distribution of the New York Times story that alleged to talk about President Trump’s tax returns, even though a federal statute makes it a crime to distribute someone’s tax returns without their consent. You didn’t block any of that discussion, did you?”
Dorsey admitted that Twitter did not block that discussion. Instead, he split hairs to try to justify the double standard:
“In the New York Times case, we interpreted it as reporting about the hacked materials not distribution of the hacked materials.”
Cruz continued, arguing that Facebook, Twitter, and Google are gaining more and more power in the social sphere.
He pushed that with no regulations, they will continue to curate the information we see everyday to fit their agenda.
Cruz offered no answers to the looming question of how to control and regulate the massive beast that is the internet, but he opened the platform for discussion to get the ball rolling on these issues.