Republican senators announced Thursday that they planned to summon Twitter boss Jack Dorsey on October 23 to explain the blocking, on his platform, of articles unfavorable to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee, where Republicans are in the majority, will vote “Tuesday to subpoena Jack Dorsey” before it the following Friday, Senator Ted Cruz said in the halls of Congress.
He must “explain why Twitter abuses its power to silence the press and cover allegations of corruption,” added the elected official, accompanied by the head of the judicial commission Lindsey Graham before the cameras of Fox News and C-Span channels .
Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday blocked the sharing of articles by the conservative New York Post newspaper relaunching, based on emails believed to have been written by Joe Biden’s son Hunter, of corruption charges in Ukraine.
“I don’t know if the New York Post stories are true,” added Ted Cruz. But “Twitter, Facebook and Tech millionaires are interfering in the elections,” he thundered, denouncing an “unprecedented” act of “censorship” within three weeks of the poll.
The day before, Jack Dorsey admitted a lack of explanation. “Our communication on our actions regarding the New York post article was not great. And block the sharing of the article’s internet address with zero context explaining why: unacceptable, ”he said.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley for his part “invited” the boss of Twitter, but also that of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, to testify “on an undetermined date” before a Senate subcommittee, according to letters addressed to the two leaders .