Senate Republicans are upset after Twitter blocked stories highlighting a controversial report on Joe Biden.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee prefers to summon Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey after the social media platform decided to block New York Post stories alleging allegations of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son.
Committee chairman Lindsey Graham and Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley said the committee would vote on submitting the subpoena next Tuesday and plan to have Dorsey before the committee by Friday, October 23.
Senator Ted Cruz (left) and Senator Lindsey Graham have spoken out against Twitter’s decision and plan to summon the company’s chairman to the Senate Judiciary Committee [Greg Nash/Pool via AP]Meanwhile, Twitter temporarily banned US President Donald Trump’s campaign account from tweeting on Thursday. A video from the account about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden broke his rules.
The video posted by the @ TeamTrump account related to a story in the New York Post on Wednesday that allegedly contained details of Hunter Biden’s dealings with a Ukrainian energy company and said the former vice president met with an advisor to the company.
“Joe Biden is a liar who’s been kidding our country for years,” the video was subtitled.
According to Twitter, the video violates the rules for posting private information. When you add the account, the post may need to be deleted in order to continue tweeting.
“It’s all going to end in a major lawsuit and there are things that can happen that are very serious that I would rather not see, but probably will have to,” Trump said when asked about the move from Twitter .
Twitter said on Wednesday that the Post-Story violated the “Hacked Materials” policy, which prohibits the distribution through hacking of content that contains private information or trade secrets or exposes people to the risk of physical harm. Dorsey admitted that her communication about why they were blocking messages was “not great” and that this “without context of why” was “unacceptable”.
Our communication about our promotions in the @nypost article wasn’t great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with no context why we’re blocking: unacceptable. https://t.co/v55vDVVlgt
– jack (@jack) October 14, 2020
Facebook and Twitter took proactive steps Wednesday to limit the spread of the post story in the hours after it was published.
Twitter put similar restrictions on White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s account on Wednesday after she shared the Post story.
BREAKING: Twitter has banned White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s personal account from exchanging messages that Democrats don’t like. pic.twitter.com/eR8HhkgqVY
– Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 14, 2020
On Wednesday, during his rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump criticized Facebook and Twitter for removing “negative posts” on the Post’s report.
“You’re trying to protect him. You’re trying to protect Biden, ”Trump said.