House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California wants Twitter CEO Jack
Dorsey to testify before Congress for allegations the company is shadow
banning is the use of algorithms to make content or accounts — in this
case, prominent conservative users — more difficult or, in extreme cases,
impossible to search for without outright deleting it. Twitter has come
under serious public scrutiny lately after several reports show
Republicans and other conservative members of Congress did not show up in
drop-down search results.
solution to this problem must start with accountability from companies
like Twitter, whose platforms have enormous potential to impact the
national conversation — and unfortunately, enormous potential for abuse,”
McCarthy said, Axios reported
particular, I would like to request a hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
so that the American people can learn more about the filtering and
censorship practices on his platform,” McCarthy added.
potential next speaker of the House, has defended conservatives from
censorship before. He said to the Council of National Policy how the
current political climate is increasingly forcing Christian conservatives
“out of the public square.”
Christians are being silenced in corporate America and the mainstream
media—including on social media, where some of the most important
conversations of our day are taking place,” McCarthy said on
has already seen some of the consequences of the alleged shadow banning
practice. The social media giant’s daily and monthly active users has
dropped, causing a loss in revenue. The company lost over 19 percent in
shares on July 27, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
denied the shadow banning accusations in a blog post on July 26, after
President Donald Trump said he might take legal action against the
‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this
discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints,” the
do not shadow ban. You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you
follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go
directly to their profile). And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on
political viewpoints or ideology,” Twitter staff wrote.
Republicans want action against Twitter. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of
California said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that
he’s looking into potential legal action against Twitter.
don’t know what Twitter is up to. It sure looks to me like they are
censoring people and they ought to stop it. And we’re looking at any legal
remedies that we can go through,” Nunes said Sunday.
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