Republican senators are calling for urgent investigations into Facebook and Twitter over their “suppression” of a controversial New York Post story, with executives from the online tech giants branded as “woke capitalists.”
Several politicians were fuming this week after the social networks restricted or blocked the spread of unverified claims in an article linking Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden to a Ukrainian energy firm, obtained via Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
As the report started to go viral, Facebook limited its distribution for fact-checking while Twitter took the more aggressive approach of stopping users from sharing it altogether, warning the contents of the link had been flagged as “potentially harmful.”
Criticism was swift, with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) spearheading calls for CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to explain themselves under oath.
Since the story broke, Hawley has released a string of press releases and done several media appearances in which