Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday for censoring stories from the New York Post about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Big Tech censorship, Cruz grilled Dorsey with a number of questions in regards to Twitter’s decision to suspend the New York Post from its platform, saying he believes the social media giants are interfering in the 2020 elections by censoring and suspending accounts which share stories on Hunter Biden from the New York Post.
“Mr. Dorsey, I find your opening answers absurd on their face. Let’s talk about the last two weeks in particular. As you know, I have long been concerned about Twitter’s pattern of censoring and silencing individual Americans with whom Twitter disagrees,” Cruz said. “Two weeks ago, Twitter made the unilateral decision to censor the New York Post in a series of two blockbuster articles, both alleging evidence of corruption against Joe Biden, the first concerning Ukraine, the second concerning Communist China.”
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“Twitter made the decision number one to prevent users, any user, from sharing those stories, and number two you went even further and blocked the New York Post from sharing on Twitter its own reporting. Why did Twitter make the decision to censor the New York Post,?” Cruz asked Dorsey. “Today, right now, the New York Post is still blocked from tweeting, two weeks later,” Cruz continued.
“Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you? And put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report, and what the American people are allowed to hear… and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC?,” Cruz asked Dorsey.
The New York Post report alleges that Joe and Hunter Biden met with a Burisma executive in 2015. Twitter then started to censor the story on its platform that night and suspended multiple accounts who had shared the post. Twitter then suspended President Donald Trump’s official campaign account after it posted a video relating to the Post’s report. (RELATED: ‘Actively Interfering In This Election’ — GOP Senators Want To Subpoena Twitter And Facebook CEOs Over New Censorship)
Twitter also locked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s personal account after she shared the article on her page. (RELATED: Twitter Reportedly Suspends Trump’s Official Campaign Account Over Video Relating To NY Post’s Hunter Biden Report)
The Senate Judiciary Committee is also planning on questioning Dorsey about censorship, as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a later date.