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@Twitter: We Demand Transparency Now

Free Speech Cannot Exist with Big Tech Censorship

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Washington, D.C., July 21, 2020 | comments

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) led 18 House Republican colleagues in sending the following letter to Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Twitter, demanding both accountability and transparency from the social media platform following the cybersecurity breach on July 15, 2020.

“The breach raises several concerns regarding the platform’s security infrastructure – and those individuals responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Congressman Hice. “However, alleged screenshots featuring the Twitter moderator console released to the media by hackers appear to expose censorship tools previously unknown to the public. Twitter has reportedly suspended accounts and removed posts sharing images showing this toolset, claiming they violate the platform’s rules.”

“Twitter has become a critical tool for government agencies and elected officials to communicate directly with Americans. Given this important role, Twitter must be a secure platform for free speech and open debate. In fact, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has consistently referred to the site as a ‘global town square’ for ‘free and open discussions.’ While Dorsey has repeatedly denied any bias within the platform’s algorithms, he has failed to disclose the platform’s manual tools that enable employees to shadow-ban or otherwise manipulate individual accounts and trending topics.”

“It’s as simple as this: free speech cannot coexist with big tech censorship. Algorithms may be neutral, but employees carry biases. If Twitter employees are manipulating information and discussions on the platform – as many conservatives have long suspected – it is imperative that the public know that communication on the site is not as ‘free and open’ as Dorsey claims.”

“Our letter demands answers from Dorsey explaining Twitter’s intent and use of tools labeled ‘SEARCH BLACKLIST’ and ‘TRENDS BLACKLIST’ shown in the leaked screenshots.”

To read the letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, click here.


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