Google, Facebook & Twitter To Testify Before Senate on Conservative Censorship
Tech giants accused of censoring and shadowbanning conservative voices
Following repeated accusations of censoring and shadowbanning conservative voices, three tech giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter will testify at a Senate hearing next week.
Facebook’s public policy director Neil Potts will attend the hearing which will be held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution next week.
Twitter and Google will also send their representatives to the event, which is aptly named ‘Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse,’ according to The Hill.
The tech giant will likely face some very hard questions.
The subcommittee’s panel is to be chaired by Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, who has already been very vocal about his stance on the subject.
“Big tech behaves like the only acceptable views are those on the far left,” Cruz said last week.
“And any views to the contrary are suitable for censorship and silencing.”
Last year, President Donald Trump weighed in heavily into the clear censorship campaign by social media and internet giants to silence conservative voices.
The President spoke out against platforms such as Facebook and Twitter who are shutting down the accounts of "Republican/Conservative voices" while doing "doing nothing to others."
Social media companies have been inundated with accusations coming from Washington, and the White House in particular on censorship.
Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019
In mid-March, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes said he as prepared to file a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter over its alleged “explicit censorship” of conservatives.
According to RT: Nunes accused the social network of “shadow-banning” right-leaning users while refusing to take action against “abusive, hateful and defamatory” content from left-leaning users. Twitter refuted all accusations.
However, it also soon announced that it would “label” messages that violate its rules but are still important for public discussion.
The announcement prompted some US media to assume that President Donald Trump, who often uses the platform for fiery rants, might become one of the first to get “labeled.”
Trump himself, meanwhile, took issue with social media superpower Facebook, after it briefly gagged his social media chief.
He also squarely accused Facebook, Google, and Twitter for being “on the side of the Radical Left Democrats.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly dismissed accusations of liberal bias directed at the company.
Grilled by Republican lawmakers on the topic last year, Zuckerberg insisted that their examples of censorship were once-off mistakes, but did admit that most of his employees probably lean leftwards, politically.
Surprisingly, Zuckerberg recently urged governments and regulators to tighten control over digital companies such as his own.
At the same time, he seems to be pretty determined to keep control over what people should and should not read on the social network; he recently said he was considering hiring people to hand-pick “high-quality news” from “trusted outlets.”