During a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that his platform’s censoring of the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s discovered emails and discussion of alleged payoffs from foreign interests was a mistake.
Twitter blocked the story and other related stories from appearing and being linked to, and suspended the Post’s account for weeks right before the election.
While admitting the mistake, Dorsey falsely claimed that Twitter had corrected itself and restored access within a day.
“We admitted this action was wrong”
“We made a quick interpretation, using no other evidence, that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread,” Dorsey said. “Upon further consideration we admitted this action was wrong, and corrected it within 24 hours.”
“We recognize it as a mistake that we made,” Dorsey said later in his testimony, and also said that the platform had changed its anti-hacking policy.
Trouble is, Dorsey is not being truthful. Conservatives watching the testimony quickly pointed out that the action was not corrected for weeks until they were called on it at the last testimony, days before the election.
Reminder: Jack Dorsey & twitter did NOT correct their URL blocking censorship within 24 hours of the initial action.
As of the last big tech hearing, they were still blocking one NY Post article, and only it corrected it after they were called out. https://t.co/KCMcO9RhTM
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) November 17, 2020
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pointed out in another tweet that lying to Congress is a felony.
Will Big Tech be held to account?
There are two problems with the Senate’s public excoriation of Dorsey, Twitter and all of Big Tech.
First, Senators can yell at Dorsey and other Big Tech CEOs all they want, but we all know they are unlikely to do anything to actually hold them to account. And if they think they’re going to browbeat any of these companies into being fairer, they are living in a fantasy world. It’s simply not going to happen.
And second, it is clear that Dorsey doesn’t really care about what happened with the Post and the Hunter Biden email story, because it worked.
A Newsbusters poll taken after the election showed that 36% of voters didn’t know about Hunter Biden’s emails and if they did know the story, 13% of them would not have voted for Joe Biden.
As close as the election was, that would have made the difference. Big Tech doesn’t really care about “mistakes” or anything else it did before the election, because it won.
Big Tech stole the election. Now what are Republicans going to do about it?