A Republican committee chairman opened the hearing by attacking social media companies with the power to moderate content on their platforms, accusing them of making politically slow calls while hiding behind a decade-old liability shield.
South Carolina Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham said, “I don’t want the government to tell the US which tweets are legitimate and what not.” “But when you have companies that have the power of government, they have far more power than traditional media outlets, something has to give.”
Mr. Graham’s early remarks are most likely a sinister set of questions from Republican members of the committee.
President Trump and his allies Years spent Attacking Silicon Valley’s platforms, he says there is prejudice against conservatives, pointed to the liberal politics of corporate employees and examples of moderation that influenced Republican or conservative media. They have evidence for these claims Always been an anecdote, And many right-wing celebrities have created a large following online.
Mr. Graham posted on Twitter and Facebook to Hunter Biden, President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son, was initially limited in how he worked. The article demanded from the committee that the two companies testify to the chief executive officer.
“, To me, sounds like you’re the ultimate editor,” he said.
Mr. Graham’s comments are reflected in how conservatives are increasingly attacking companies for the way they handled a dreadful period after the presidential election, when President Trump refused despite Mr. Biden’s indomitable leadership Has refused to do.
Mr Graham questioned Twitter’s decision to label a tweet from a Republican politician as making a “disputed” claim about electoral fraud. And he said that companies “are really engaged in telling us what is credible and whether the cable news of politicians or average citizens is not based on comments or tweets.”