Meghan McCain said Monday that Twitter’s move to purge thousands of accounts only heightened concerns about censorship and the power held by Silicon Valley.
During a segment of ABC’s “The View,” McCain addressed the news that President Donald Trump — along with a number of other accounts — had been banned from Twitter. Saying that there were inconsistencies in Twitter’s policy, McCain argued that people like Iran’s Ayatollah shouldn’t be free to tweet if Trump was banned. (RELATED: ‘If She Has Any Decency Left’: Meghan McCain Says Ivanka Should Tell President Trump To Leave)
Responding to cohost Sunny Hostin, who appeared to support Twitter’s actions, McCain said that she saw the situation through a very different prism.
“I fear censorship,” McCain said. “Five dorks in Silicon Valley are having more power than anybody in the entire world. The ACLU has come out against this. Twitter is incredibly inconsistent on this issue.”
McCain went on to list some of the accounts that had not been banned — including Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and the Chinese Communist Party. Then she brought up Alexei Navalny, a Russian freedom fighter who was poisoned and nearly died after voicing opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“He was poisoned by one of — someone from the Kremlin and almost died over the summer. He was in a coma for a few weeks and came out, thank God, but I will say that he made the point that Russia has these bot factories that have not only endangered his health and are calling for his killing all the time, but it almost led to his direct killing,” she said.
McCain added that if Twitter really wanted to ban dangerous accounts, the process would have to be more consistent than it appeared so far.
“I don’t think anyone on this show thinks the Ayatollah, calling for the extermination of Jewish people, should be on Twitter. They have to be consistent,” she said. “Russia’s influence in Silicon Valley is something that’s going to be a huge, huge issue going forward. It hasn’t evaporated just because Biden is elected president.”
“I think we’re going to see antitrust lawsuits and antitrust, you know, congressional hearings on this, and I think Jack Dorsey has completely gone out over his skis on this, and Twitter stock is absolutely plummeting this morning,” McCain concluded.