Congressman Ted Cruz (R-TX) took Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to task after asking Dorsey to define “publisher” and then using the definition against him.
If you are unfamiliar with the matter, social media tech giants are coming under increasing criticism for deciding what political speech is allowed and which political speech is not allowed on their platforms.
Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, these tech giants are allowed certain protections under the law as long as they act as platforms rather than publishers. These protections include an exemption of liability for the 3rd party statements that show up on their sites.
Outside of illegal content, users typically have the expectation to be able to express themselves on these social media platforms. Yet Twitter is one among several that have taken it upon themselves to restrict the legal speech of those with whom the “great minds” of Silicon Valley disagree with.
The most notable case of this happening occurred with the New York Post story about alleged corruption involving Joe Biden, his family, and China. The New York Post found its account suspended and the story was removed “for violating the site’s terms of service.”
According to Dorsey, the story was pulled because he alleges it was based on “hacked” material. That didn’t stop Twitter from allowing the New York Times’ hit-piece on Trump’s tax returns to spread far and wide on Twitter. Apparently, divulging an American citizen’s tax returns to the public, a crime, is absolutely fine with their terms of service.
Check out the exchange between Cruz and Dorsey below: