Jack Dorsey: 'Twitter Doesn't Have a Censoring Department’
Twitter CEO pressed on his company's censorship
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has claimed his social media platform "does not have a censoring department" when pressed by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) during a congressional hearing on misinformation.
Dorsey also admitted that it was a “total mistake” by censoring the New York Post’s bombshell article about Hunter Biden.
Dorsey told the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday that Twitter’s decision to block The New York Post's article on Hunter Biden was a “total mistake.”
Twitter locked the Post out of its account for two weeks claimed the exposé included hacked information.
But despite plenty of time to correct the problem, Dorsey claimed it was a “process error.”
Dorsey told the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
“It was literally just a process error."
"This was not against them in any particular way."
"If we remove a violation, we require people to correct it,” he added.
“We changed that based on their not wanting to delete that tweet, which I completely agree with. I see it. But it is something we learn.”
Rep. Steve Scalise pressed Dorsey:
“Their entire account to be blocked for two weeks by mistake seems like a really big mistake."
"Was anyone held accountable in your censoring department for that mistake?”
“Well, we don’t have a censoring department.”
Scalise interjected, asking whose decision it was “to block their account for two weeks."
“We didn’t block their account for two weeks. We required them to delete the tweet, and then they could tweet it again."
“They didn’t take that action, so we corrected it for them.”
Scalise told Dorsey:
“There are tweets today … that still mischaracterize it even in a way where the Washington Post admitted it’s wrong, yet those mischaracterizations can still be retweeted."
"Will you address that and start taking those down to reflect what even the Washington Post themselves has admitted is false information?”
Dorsey appeared to dance around the question stating:
“Our misleading information policies are focused on manipulated media, public health, and civic integrity. That’s it.”
Earlier this year, Twitter announced it had banned President Donald Trump from the platform, and his account would not be reinstated even if he was to return to the White House.
Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal scrambled to assure investors that Twitter would prevail despite banning its most famous and popular user.