Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey met with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Thursday to discuss the future of net neutrality.
“As part of Twitter’s regular outreach to Capitol Hill, Jack is meeting with several members of Congress on a wide range of issues, including our work to promote the public health of conversations online and to protect data privacy,” a Twitter spokesperson said, The Hill reported on Thursday.
The meeting comes after the Senate voted to overrule the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality repeal. It’s not likely to pass the House or get President Donald Trump’s signature.
Twitter is an advocate of net neutrality, often regurgitating the pro-net neutrality talking point that without it, Internet Service Providers will throttle websites in order to get more money from them.
But there is a lot of evidence that Twitter engages in throttling, censorship, shadow-banning and data collection. (RELATED: What Happened With Twitter’s ‘Bug’ And Why It Told Everyone To Change Their Passwords)
Much like Facebook, Twitter had come under criticism for its data collection practices and treatment of conservatives, from censoring pro-life content to banning conservative personalities on its platform.
Twitter is currently going through a lawsuit for possibly violating the Communications Decency Act enacted in 1996, alleging that the company discriminates against conservatives. Once a platform for free speech, Twitter changed its policies in November that ban “abuse and hateful conduct as well as violence and physical harm.”
Dorsey himself is a known liberal. He tweeted a link on April 7 to an article that encouraged a Democratic victory in the second “Civil War.”
“In this current period of American politics, at this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward,” the article stated. “The way forward is on the path California blazed about 15 years ago.”
Dorsey has stated that he is willing to testify before Congress, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did on April 10 and 11, to discuss Twitter’s data collection practices and privacy policies.
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