Democratic Senator Ed Markey weighed-in Wednesday on the controversy surrounding Twitter and Facebook’s decision to censor certain articles related to Hunter Biden; saying the social media platforms are “leaving too many posts up!”
“The issue is not that the companies before us today is that they’re taking too many posts down. The issue is that they’re leaving too many dangerous posts up,” said Markey.
“It amplifies harmful content so that it spreads like wildfire and torches our democracy,” he added. “Can you commit that if the President goes on Facebook and encourages violence, after election results are announced, your company will not spread that content?”
Sen. Ed Markey:
“The issue is not that the companies before us today is that they're taking too many posts down. The issue is that they're leaving too many dangerous posts up."pic.twitter.com/ROO04fwM1w
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 28, 2020
Watch Senator Markey’s comments above.
SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Sits Down with Sean Hannity
Social media platforms stole the spotlight this week after Facebook, Apple, and YouTube banned multiple personalities over their controversial content; raising serious questions over who can regulate information dispersed to millions of Americans.
On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to allow controversial political personality Alex Jones to keep his content online; saying he wasn’t suspended because he “hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”
We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.
— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
Dorsey stopped by ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ Wednesday to weigh-in on his platform’s policy towards free speech, hate speech, shadow-banning, and a host of issues facing the nation.
Listen to Dorsey on ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ below:
ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter CEO to Testify Before Congress over ‘SHADOW BANNING’
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before Congressional leaders as early as September 5th confirmed the House Energy and Commerce Committee; likely facing tough questions over the platforms method of “shadow banning” conservative voices.
“CONFIRMED: Twitter CEO @jack Dorsey will testify September 5 before E&C on the company’s algorithms and content monitoring,” wrote the Committee’s official Twitter account.
CONFIRMED: Twitter CEO @jack Dorsey will testify September 5 before E&C on the company’s algorithms and content monitoring.
— Energy & Commerce GOP (@HouseCommerce) August 24, 2018
“Shadow Banning” is the practice of “hiding” content on social media without the author’s knowledge or consent: effectively limiting their reach for millions of followers.
Various social media platforms have come under fire in recent weeks for cracking down on controversial personalities and content that some viewers may find “offensive” or “distasteful.”