PRESIDENT Donald Trump lashed out at Big Tech on Wednesday for "corruption" as Twitter and Facebook leaders say they haven't censored him.President Donald Trump blasted Big Tech for 'corruption' on Wednesday Credit: Reuters
The USA doesn’t have Freedom of the Press, we have Suppression of the Story, or just plain Fake News. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. Repeal Section 230!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
"So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. Repeal Section 230!"
Trump's claims come after reporting on Hunter Biden from the New York Post two weeks ago was briefly censored by Twitter and Facebook.
The articles were about emails, photos, and other personal documents that were supposedly on Hunter's laptop that he dropped off at a repair store in Delaware in 2019.
Media and Big Tech are not covering Biden Corruption!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
Anyone who shared the links on Twitter was briefly banned from the platform.
Zuckerberg said the platform didn't outright ban the link from being shared, but as it was going through the fact-checking process, articles' distribution was "strained" so any possible "fake news" wasn't circulated.
Dorsey was accused by Republican Senator Ted Cruz during Wednesday's hearing of "egregious" abuse at the hands of Twitter over the censorship.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter doesn't have the ability to 'influence elections' as he testified on WednesdayCredit: Reuters
"Mr Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?" Cruz asked the CEO.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also testified before the Senate Credit: Reuters
"Well we're not doing that," Dorsey replied. "And that's why I opened this hearing with calls for more transparency."
Dorsey explained on Wednesday that the decision was made in line with a policy created in 2018 on "hacked materials."
Cruz said this was "highly dubious and clearly employed in deeply partial way."
The Texas senator went on to question whether Twitter blocked or censored The New York Times' recent reporting on President Donald Trump's tax returns.Dorsey said Twitter was 'incorrect' to outright ban the New York Post article from being sharedCredit: EPA
The Times did not officially receive a copy of Trump's tax paperwork – as reporters were leaked the documents.
Twitter said it didn't violate the terms of service because it was "about" the documents, and that the report did not "distribute the material."
In their opening statements on Wednesday, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Pichai addressed the proposals for changes to so-called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to the Senate committee.Trump said Section 230, which mainly protects from Big Tech big speech liability, should be repealedCredit: AP:Associated Press
In his tweets on Wednesday, Trump said: "Repeal Section 230!"
Both Zuckerberg and Dorsey said during their testimony that their platforms have not censored Trump's postings online.Trump claimed that 'media' and Big Tech are not covering 'Biden corruption'Credit: AFP or licensors
Both of the CEOS that in line with their policies on elections and misinformation, among others, Trump's tweets are sometimes given a fact-check label.
They contended the president's tweets have never been deleted or outright censored.
This month, the Justice Department filed a landmark lawsuit against Google for antitrust violations – but the tech giant said the case is "deeply flawed."
The lawsuit alleges that Google abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.Google CEO Sundar Pichai is seen here remotely testifying on Wednesday Credit: Getty - Pool
“Google is the gateway to the internet and a search advertising behemoth," US Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen told reporters of the filing.
“It has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition.”
But Google said the lawsuit is "deeply flawed" because "people use Google because they choose to – not because they're forced to or because they can't find alternatives."
Twitter's Jack Dorsey accused of ‘egregious’ abuse of power over Hunter Biden ‘censorship’ by Ted Cruz