Republican senators said Thursday that they will summon Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to the Senate after blocking a news publication criticizing Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate.
“This is interference with the election, which has 19 days left,” Senator Ted Cruz said a day after the social network began blocking links to an article in the New York Post claiming that Biden was involved in corruption in Ukraine.
Cruise said the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next Tuesday to call Dorsey for a hearing, which is expected to take place late next week. The head of the tech company, the senator said, will have to “explain why Twitter is abusing its corporate power to silence the press.”
“The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on,” Cruz said. “Twitter, Facebook and important tech wealthy can censor political speeches and actively interfere in elections. This is what they are doing right now. “
Republican Senator Josh Hawley said he sent letters to Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to testify at a hearing before the Legal Committee’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism. The hearings will “consider possible violations of the campaign law” committed by major social networks that blocked the publication in favor of Biden.
The article, published by the New York Post, deals with the alleged corruption deals that Joe Biden and his son Hunter, according to the authors of the publication, committed in Ukraine. The publication claims that the former vice president in charge of US policy towards Ukraine took action to help his son, who was on the board of directors of the infamous Ukrainian energy company Burisma in 2014-2017.
However, the source of information to which the newspaper refers is questionable. The authors refer to the recordings on the hard drive, which was allegedly copied from Hunter Biden’s computer. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, handed these tapes over to reporters.
The management of Facebook and Twitter announced that they blocked the distribution of the publication for fear of “fake news”, explaining their actions by doubts about the reliability of information and the reliability of sources.
“This was done as part of our standard process to reduce the spread of disinformation,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.
The role of Rudy Giuliani, who has repeatedly put forward unproven and ill-founded conspiracy theories about Biden’s actions in Ukraine, has also raised concerns among social media executives.
Biden’s headquarters denied the allegations of corruption in the statement, while not denying the veracity of the materials underlying the article, in particular the emails between Hunter Biden and his business partners.
Donald Trump, who is losing polls to Biden 19 days before the presidential election, lashed out at social media executives on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“It is appalling that Facebook and Twitter are deleting a scoop related to sleepy Joe Biden and his son Hunter, published in @ NYPost @,” the president said.