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At Hearing, Senate Republicans Lash Out at Twitter, Facebook, Google CEOs Over ‘Censorship’

at hearing, senate republicans lash out at twitter, facebook, google ceos over ‘censorship’

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A Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday about a U.S. law that shields internet companies from liability over content posted to their platforms — predictably — mainly provided a venue for GOP members to slam the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly censoring conservative viewpoints and information.
The execs of the three tech companies — Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai — appeared via teleconference before the Senate committee.
The Republican line of attack zeroed in on Twitter’s recent move to block users from tweeting a series of New York Post articles about Hunter Biden. The unverified Post stories, purportedly based on info from Rudy Giuliani harvested from a laptop abandoned in Delaware computer-repair shop, alleged that Hunter influenced his father, Joe Biden, into putting pressure on Ukraine officials to fire a prosecutor probing the energy firm for which Hunter was a board member. Another asserted Hunter tried to cut his father in on a sweetheart deal with a Chinese energy firm.

In a combative exchange with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) rhetorically asked, “Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are …

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Iran’s Khamenei tweets about questioning the Holocaust; Congress asks Twitter about censorship bias

iran’s khamenei tweets about questioning the holocaust; congress asks twitter about censorship bias

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responds to Sen. Roger Wicker’s question on tweets calling for the ‘elimination of the Zionist regime’ during the Big Tech hearings.Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran questioned why some countries have criminalized Holocaust denial on Wednesday in an uncensored post to Twitter, which is facing scrutiny for how the social media platform has censored posts, like a recent New York Post article on the Biden family’s business and political connections.Continue Reading Below”Why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust?” Khamenei tweeted Wednesday. “Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet (pbuh) is allowed?”Meanwhile, members the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about censorship bias.Committee Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., asked Dorsey why Khamenei’s tweets “questioning the Holocaust…remain unflagged on Twitter’s platform” despite the platform’s decision to label tweets from President Trump about mail-in ballots and COVID-19 with links to more context.TWITTER DEFENDS NOT BLOCKING IRAN LEADER’S TWEETS AFTER BLOCKING TRUMP’SDorsey agreed that someone denying the Holocaust would be spreading misinformation but added that Twitter does not “have a policy against misinformation, we have a policy  …

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Cory Gardner grills Twitter founder over censorship of Trump’s tweets

cory gardner grills twitter founder over censorship of trump’s tweets

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner questioned Wednesday why President Donald Trump’s tweets are sometimes censored by Twitter but tweets from Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, including one denying the Holocaust, are not.The public questioning came during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee on social media regulations. Testifying were Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Dorsey said he believes Twitter has removed or flagged tweets from Khamenei and other world leaders aside from Trump, but could not recall any examples. While he agrees Holocaust denial is misinformation, Dorsey told Gardner that it does not fall into one of the categories of misinformation that Twitter censors.
“We have a policy against misinformation in three categories, which are manipulated media; public health, specifically COVID; and civic integrity, election interference and voter suppression. That is all we have a policy on for misleading information. We do not have a policy or enforcement for any other types of misleading information you mentioned,” the Twitter founder told the senator.
This year, Twitter began labeling some Trump tweets as misinformation and hid at least one for glorifying violence after Trump wrote “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” …

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Twitter lifts ban on Post articles after CEO Jack Dorsey’s incorrect

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday falsely told senators that his company lifted a ban on users tweeting articles from The Post’s Hunter Biden exposé, despite the fact that the ban remained on one of The Post’s bombshell stories and was only lifted after he made the claim.
“Anyone can tweet these articles,” Dorsey told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about The Post’s articles on emails implicating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in his son’s work in China and Ukraine.
But Twitter users quickly noted that the social network still banned distribution of The Post’s article describing a business proposal in China involving Hunter Biden and a document indicating a 10 percent set-aside for “the big guy.”
“Jack Dorsey of Twitter just told Senator Cruz that anyone could now share the NY Post’s bombshell stories on Twitter. Dorsey is lying,” tweeted Abigail Marone, a rapid response official on President Trump’s re-election campaign, linking to a screen recording of the app blocking the post.
“Twitter is STILL blocking the URL for the NY Post story about the Biden’s foreign corruption & China dealings,” Marone wrote in a tweet shared by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany …

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Days Before Election, Tech CEOs Defend Themselves From GOP Claims Of Censorship

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies over video during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday about reforming Section 230, a key legal shield for tech companies.

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The CEOs of some of the biggest tech platforms defended the way they handle online speech to an audience of skeptical senators, many of whom seemed more interested in scoring political points than engaging with thorny debate over content moderation policies and algorithms. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai appeared virtually Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee that was supposed to focus on a decades-old legal shield insulating tech companies from liability over what users post.

But many Republicans on the committee used the opportunity to berate the executives over suspicions that their companies and employees are biased against conservatives — a frequent complaint on the right for which there is no systematic evidence. Several members pressed Dorsey about Twitter’s decision — later reversed — to block links to a controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son. “Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge …

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Trump rails against Twitter as CEO struggles to defend Post censorship

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President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to slam the social media platform, as it’s CEO — along with the heads of Google and Facebook — faces a drubbing from a Senate panel primarily addressing the censorship of The Post’s Biden exposé.
“It’s amazing. Twitter refuses to allow the any mention of the Biden corruption story which was carried so well on@TuckerCarlson last night. It’s the biggest story and Big Tech, together with the Lamestream Media, isn’t allowing a word to be said about it,” the commander-in-chief tweeted late Wednesday morning during the hearing.
It is unclear what specific comment the president was responding to.
As the hearings continued, the commander-in-chief offered his thoughts on corruption in Big Tech.
“The USA doesn’t have Freedom of the Press, we have Suppression of the Story, or just plain Fake News. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. Repeal Section 230!” he wrote in his second of three tweets on the matter.
“Media and Big Tech are not covering Biden Corruption!” he added minutes later.
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Senator Ted Cruz grills Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on censorship of NY Post’s Hunter Biden story –

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google were scolded by Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms and received a warning of coming restrictions from Congress.Lawmakers of both parties are assessing the companies’ tremendous power to disseminate speech and ideas, and are looking to challenge their long-enjoyed bedrock legal protections for online speech.
The Trump administration, seizing on unfounded accusations of bias against conservative views, has asked Congress to strip some of the protections that have generally shielded the tech companies from legal responsibility for what people post on their platforms.
“The time has come for that free pass to end,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Wicker, R-Miss., said the laws governing online speech must be updated because “the openness and freedom of the internet are under attack.”
He spoke at the opening of the hearing as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai waited to testify via video.
Wicker cited the move this month by Facebook and Twitter to limit dissemination of an unverified political story from …

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Democrats focus on misinformation and extremism.

democrats focus on misinformation and extremism.

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Here’s what you need to know:Video Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google testify to senators on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.CreditCredit…Lm Otero Jose Luis Magana/Associated PressFor more than two decades, internet companies have been shielded from liability for much of what their users post by a law called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Now that shield — and how internet companies moderate content on their sites — is being questioned by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.On Wednesday, the chief executives of Google, Facebook and Twitter testified before a Senate committee about their moderation practices.The hearing, held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, is a repeat performance before Congress for Sundar Pichai of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. But with the Nov. 3 election less than a week away, the executives face additional pressure to manage misinformation without exerting unfair influence on the voting process. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gives his opening statement remotely during a hearing to discuss reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.Credit…Greg Nash/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesRepublicans on the committee expressed concerns that Facebook, Google and Twitter …

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Watch Live: Twitter, Facebook, Google CEOs testify on social media protections amid censorship claims

watch live: twitter, facebook, google ceos testify on social media protections amid censorship claims

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Top executives of Twitter, Facebook and Google testify on social media protections and censorship issues before a Senate committee Wednesday.

Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, the CEOS of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet-owned Google respectively, appear before the Senate Commerce Committee for a hearing on a federal internet law. All three executives agreed to testify remotely Wednesday after being threatened with subpoenas. The committee took an unplanned brief break when Zuckerberg had technical difficulties connecting virtually, bringing a moment of levity to the start of the hearing.

Reflected in their written testimonies, the company leaders defended Section 230, a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, as legislation that’s critical to free expression on the internet.

Section 230 gives social media companies permission to moderate and regulate content on their platforms without being legally responsible for the information they host. It also gives the tech giants permission to remove lawful but objectionable posts.

Twitter’s Dorsey warned the committee that eroding the foundation of Section 230 could significantly hurt how people communicate online. Pichai said the company operates without political bias and that doing otherwise would be against its business interests.

Zuckerberg further said he supports changing the law …

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How can social media show ebb and flow of voter engagement in 2020 campaign? Marketing expert looks to data science

how can social media show ebb and flow of voter engagement in 2020 campaign? marketing expert looks to data science

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Biography :Papatla can talk about how social media can show the ebb and flow of voter engagement on major issues in the 2020 election campaign. Papatla is a professor of marketing at UW-Milwaukee and co-director of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute. He helps to oversee the institute’s Elecurator project, which uses a variety of data sources, including online and social media, traditional polling methods and political advertisements, to determine what issues are on the minds of voters. This big data look at voter behavior can help drive online strategies and outreach by candidates. Papatla also can speak about marketing trends, including why Instagram posts by consumers can affect how other consumers respond to brands, and how consumers engage with brands on social media platforms like Facebook.

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