The House of Representatives Republican-led Oversight and Accountability Committee held a hearing on February 8th to question former Twitter executives regarding allegations of censorship and violations of the First Amendment. The ex-executives were called to explain the company’s choice to restrict the circulation of a New York Post report on Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election.
Under the intense questioning of the Republican members of the committee, former Twitter Chief Legal Officer, Vijaya Gadde, and former Head of Trust and Safety, Yoel Roth, admitted that blocking the story was a “mistake” and “wrong”.
Several GOP members of the committee also accused the former Twitter executives of suppressing the speech of members of Congress and violating their First Amendment rights. Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert accused Twitter of censorship after her account was restricted for tweeting a joke regarding Hillary Clinton and the 2020 election.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia stated that the former executives “abused the power of a large corporation and Big Tech to censor Americans”.
In a recent episode of “The Ben Armstrong Show”, New American journalist Ben Armstrong noted that while it may feel satisfying to see the former Twitter executives being questioned, it is unlikely that they will face any serious consequences while the Democrats control the White House. Armstrong points out that the Republican members of Congress can only question the executives and refer their potentially illegal activities to the Justice Department, which may choose not to pursue charges under the current Democratic administration.
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