One of the most dangerous threats to America’s democracy is inarguably the threat of censorship in today’s near-dystopian society.
It’s about time we see decisive action from the politicians that we, the American people, elect to positions of power to carry out the will of the people…a will they often seem to ignore.
Finally, two high-profile Senators, as well as the Chairman of the FCC, have announced they are taking steps to fight against social media censorship.
Hopefully, this time, it’s not all talk and no action. The stakes are too high, and the Big Tech behemoths have gone too far. It’s urgent we take on this issue sooner rather than later.
On Thursday, Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and Lindsay Graham called upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on a subpoena to bring Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in to testify on their platforms’ roles in censoring the bombshell Hunter Biden email story.
Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to subpoena Twitter's Jack Dorsey. pic.twitter.com/JTU5W3gIug
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 15, 2020
An infuriated Hawley tweeted his intention to subpoena Dorsey and Zuckerberg, “@Twitter @jack this is not nearly good enough. In fact, it’s a joke. It’s downright insulting. I will ask you – and @Facebook – to give an explanation UNDER OATH to the Senate subcommittee I chair. These are potential violations of election law, and that’s a crime.”
.@Twitter @jack this is not nearly good enough. In fact, it’s a joke. It’s downright insulting. I will ask you – and @Facebook – to give an explanation UNDER OATH to the Senate subcommittee I chair. These are potential violations of election law, and that’s a crime https://t.co/Rylva8UJv9
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 15, 2020
Senate Judiciary Committee Leaders secured a vote on subpoenas for the tech CEOs to occur on Tuesday, with questioning to follow on October 23rd, Fox News reported.
Cruz slammed the censorship from the platforms, “This is election interference and we’re 19 days out from an election,” he said. “It has no precedent in the history of democracy. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on.”
Most importantly, Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, wrote a statement vowing to clarify the controversial Section 230 which is currently interpreted as a protection for social media companies’ ability to censor on their platforms.
Pai stated he has the authority under the FCC “to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify” the meaning of Section 230.
While “social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech,” Pai continued, “they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets,” he said.
Awesome, can't wait to sue a ton of right wing media personalities!
— “Maximize election wins, then maximize change” (@DaffodilSwain) October 15, 2020
This swift action against the social media giants came just hours after Twitter issued a communist-style crackdown on an exclusive story from the New York Post which contained emails exposing Joe Biden’s communication with his son Hunter and his dealings in Burisma.
After the story broke yesterday, Twitter moved to censor The Post, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, OAN reporter Jack Posobiec, Sebastian Gorka, and many others who shared the story. Eventually, they blocked the link from posting to the platform entirely and issued a “fact-check” claiming the story was false.
Facebook took similar moves in burying the story, reducing its visibility on the platform. Spokesman for the company Andy Stone openly admitted to the platform’s intention stating, “we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
This rightfully outraged Republicans and apolitical free speech advocates alike as censorship cannot be tolerated in the United States of America. The foundation of our country as put forth by the Constitution gives us the right to free speech and that is not to be put in jeopardy because some Big Tech billionaire arbitrarily decides it goes against his political beliefs.
It’s more urgent now than ever that we resolve the censorship once and for all, and hopefully, the Senate Judiciary Committee will achieve that when they question Dorsey and Zuckerberg on Friday, October 23rd.