Jack Dorsey faces Senate subpoena after blocking NY Post articles
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena today hui Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after a controversial decision to block links to two New York Post articles about presidential candidate Joe Biden. Republican senators are calling Dorsey to testify on October 23, calling his decision "electoral interference." The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal .
The New York Post contain e-mails allegedly from Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden. They claim to show that Hunter Biden introduced his father to an executive at Ukrainian energy company Burisma. President Trump's campaign has uused Joe Biden 's supposed ties to Ukraine as the basis for repeated political attacks.
Twitter has prevented users from sharing links to the articles, in accordance with a policy against the dissemination of pirated information. "The policy, established in 2018, prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without authorization ", the company tweeted . "We don't want to incite hacking by allowing Twitter to be used to distribute potentially illegally obtained content. "
Facebook has taken a less extreme and reduced approach the scope of the exhibits as they were reviewed by the platform's fact-checking partners.
The decision to limit the dissemination of two investigative articles, in particular those written by national medianal, was unusual, playing into long-standing Conservative concerns about social media prejudice and censorship.
Speaking at a rally in North Carolina, President Donald Trump threatened to undress tThe big tech platforms of section 230 protections in retaliation for the decision to limit the distribution of messages. This law allows companies like Twitter to moderate content without being held legally responsible for offensive posts, although the First Amendment may be more relevant protection for Twitter's specific situation.
The Biden campaign disputes Post reports, citing the earlier links of Trump confidant Rudy Giuliani with an alleged Russian agent accused of interference in the election.
"The New York Posthas never questioned the Biden campaign on critical elements of this story, ”spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal. "They certainly never touched on the fact that Rudy Giuliani - whose discredited conspiracy theories and alliance with figures linked to Russian intelligence services have been widely reported - claimed to have such material. "
"Additionally, we looked at Joe Biden's official schedules at the time and no meeting, as the New York Post claims, has ever occurred, ”Bates said.
Twitter declined to comment.