Conservative meme-maker Benny Johnson took to Twitter in June with an announcement. After amassing hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform, he was done with it, having come to see Twitter as a “communist gulag dumpster fire.”
“10 years on Twitter,” Johnson tweeted. “I’m done. Disgusted with the censorship on this platform. Twitter is now so aggressively ANTI Free Speech, it’s not fun anymore.”
Having laid out his case, Johnson urged his fans to join Parler, the latest conservative social media network pitching itself as a “free speech” alternative for conservatives who feel the social media giants are biased against them.
A few months later, though, Johnson appears to be finished with Parler too. And, wouldn’t you know it, he’s back in the communist gulag dumpster fire that is Twitter dot com. Johnson, the chief creative officer of young conservative group Turning Point USA, hasn’t posted on Parler
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google will appear before the Senate Commerce Committee today to talk about how they moderate content on their respective platforms. Supposedly, the premise is that lawmakers are exploring whether they should change aspects of the law known as Section 230, which provides certain protections to platforms that host user-generated content.
There have been plenty of calls lately to change that law, most recently with the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, saying that the Commission will reinterpret the law, basically to say the opposite of what it actually says. Previously, Senator Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to strip tech platforms of the protection provided by the law.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, basically gives platforms, like Facebook, the ability to moderate (or not moderate) content on its platform without legal liability. There are a few exceptions, most notably for copyright infringement and
The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter released prepared remarks on Tuesday that warn against repealing Section 230, the statute that protects the social networks from liability for their users’ posts. The remarks were released in advance of Wednesday’s hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee.
The CEOs have been called in front of the committee because lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned about how each company moderates, or sometimes fails to moderate, content posted by users.
The committee will examine Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a statute that has provided tech platforms immunity from legal liability for their users’ posts since the late 1990s. In recent years, as tech companies face more scrutiny over their content moderation practices and ad-driven business models, the law has attracted bipartisan criticism for its broad protections.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Undermining Section 230 will leave only the largest tech
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said in remarks prepared for Congress Tuesday that proposals to reform a law providing online liability protection could lead to more “harmful content” by limiting the ability of platforms to remove abusive material.
Dorsey’s comments came in prepared testimony due to be given at a Senate hearing Wednesday examining reform of a contentious law governing the internet.
The Senate Commerce Committee was due to hear from Dorsey as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on the law known as Section 230, which shields online services from liability for content posted by others.
Defenders of the law argue that it is a cornerstone of the internet allowing online services to flourish without fear of a flood of litigation, but attacks on the law are on the rise across the political spectrum.
Some political leaders and activists have argued that Section 230
The security world was split last week, when ethical hacker Victor Gevers claimed in Dutch newspaper Vrij Nederlandthat he had guessed the password to Donald Trump’s Twitter account and gained access—again. The White House flatly denies the claim, saying “this is absolutely not true, but we don’t comment on security procedures around the President’s social media accounts.” Twitter says it has seen “no evidence to corroborate this claim,” although Gevers says Twitter did not respond when he reached out to offer his disclosure material.
Now the ethical hacker with his credibility and reputation on the line has hit back at those denials, telling me he is adamant his claims are true. “The White House was informed via their webform on Friday 16 Oct 2020,” Gevers says, “and pinged via Twitter. Why did they not respond at this time? Why did they wait?” The Vrij Nederland article
What began as complaints about anti-conservative censorship by social media companies has now evolved into outright allegations of election interference, as high-ranking Republicans have accused online platforms of helping Democrats by way of their content moderation decisions. On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is set to grill the CEOs of Facebook(FB), Google(GOOG) and Twitter(TWTR) amid right-wing cries of partisanship and threats to change a critical law, known as Section 230, that protects the companies’ ability to moderate content as they see fit.
Outside experts have found little evidence to support claims of widespread, systematic political bias in Silicon Valley’s technology. But the conservative allegations are an explosive charge and a dramatic escalation ahead of Election Day. They reflect not only the stakes of the race, but also the fact that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become key parts of America’s … Read More
The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 17, the panel announced Friday, after both social-media platforms worked to limit the spread of the New York Post‘s report on emails purportedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“The hearing will focus on the platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles and provide a valuable opportunity to review the companies’ handling of the 2020 election,” said committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.).
The committee voted 12-0 Thursday to subpoena Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Democrats on the panel had boycotted the vote in protest of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Both CEOs later voluntarily agreed to testify before the panel.
A New York Post report last week detailed emails which suggest Hunter Biden may have made an introduction between his father, then–Vice President
(Bloomberg) — The chief executive officers of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have agreed to testify on Nov. 17 before a Senate panel looking into restrictions their companies put an on article about the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The Judiciary Committee on Thursday authorized subpoenas for both Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Twitter’s chief, Jack Dorsey. The committee announced on Friday evening that they would appear voluntarily.
Senate Republicans and the Trump administration have been heightening pressure on the companies and other technology giants over allegations that they are biased against conservatives. At the same time, there is a growing willingness by members of both parties to confront the powerful technology companies and bring them to heel.
Dorsey and Zuckerberg, who have been called to Washington to explain their content policies, are also due
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are scheduled to testify before a Senate panel about allegations of anti-conservative bias, after the social networks limited the reach of two New York Post articles about the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said Friday in a statement that the two executives will appear voluntarily before the committee on Nov. 17. The hearing will focus on how their platforms handled the New York Post articles and the 2020 US election.
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The move comes after the committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas that would have required Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify. Twelve Republicans voted to authorize its
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