Twitter CEO defends censoring Trump while permitting Holocaust denial, Iranian ayatollah’s calls for violence

by Peter Heck · Oct 29th, 2020 8:49 am

Last Updated Oct 31st, 2020 at 12:57 am

In questioning before the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was called out by Republican lawmakers for a number of inconsistencies in the application of the platform's censorship policies.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai had previously questioned Twitter for its willingness to censor President Trump for alleged "calls to violence," while allowing Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei to persistently commit that very offense.

When pressed on that very question at the hearings by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Dorsey said that it was "important for everyone to hear from global leaders," before dismissing the ayatollah's remarks as mere "saber rattling."

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) also pushed Dorsey on flagging Trump's tweets on the basis of him "sharing misinformation," but allowing flagrant misinformation like Holocaust denial to persist.

Dorsey's insistence that Twitter did not currently have a policy against misinformation outside the categories of manipulated media, public health, and election interference, did not seem to impress Gardner.

"With your answers on the ayatollah and others," Garnder said, "I just don't understand how Twitter can claim to want a world of less hate and misinformation while you simultaneously let the kind of content that the ayatollah has tweeted out flourish on the platform, including from other world leaders."

He concluded by suggesting "it's no wonder" Americans are uneasy with the stranglehold Big Tech seems to possess over the flow of information.


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