Social Media Top Executives Must Explain Blockage Article
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook must come to the text and explain the decision to block a critical article about President Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
The US Senate Legal Affairs Committee decided to call the duo on October 28 if they don’t want to come voluntarily. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is also expected.
The relevant piece of the right-wing tabloid New York Post states, based on emails, that Biden’s son Hunter used his father’s influence about six years ago when he worked for the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. Joe Biden, vice president at the time, is said to have come to the rescue of his son.
Twitter and Facebook decided to limit the circulation of the article because it was based on hacked material. Republican Senator Ted Cruz called this “interference” with the November 3 presidential election. The top executives of the social media companies must come and explain why they are “abusing their corporate power”.
Trump’s Republicans are outraged by the restrictions that big Silicon Valley tech companies sometimes impose on them. They have tightened their policies against disinformation and election influencing. They also want to avoid litigation if they do not restrict the distribution of certain information.
Twitter has also relaxed its policy on blocking potentially hacked information after criticism of alleged bias. Users may retweet the link to the article.