During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing last summer, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before a group of esteemed congresspeople, including Rep. Billy Long (R-MO).
Laura Loomer was in attendance. So was I.
After about a half an hour of questioning, it became clear – not only that the Committee was not going to do anything to combat tech censorship – but that it did not even know which questions to ask Dorsey regarding Twitter’s obvious anti-conservative bias.
Upon seeing this, Loomer took matters into her own hands, interrupted the hearing, called Dorsey a liar, and urged the Committee to act on tech censorship before it was too late to stop an all-out tech war on conservatives. Watch the confrontation:
While Long garnered praise on social media from the political left and mainstream media, which seems to be the barometer by which establishment GOP politicians measure their success, neither he nor the other members of the committee heeded Loomer’s warnings. Instead, Congress has continued to do nothing while conservative influencers including Loomer – the very people who led the charge in getting President Donald J. Trump elected – are silenced.
After Congress revealed its embarrassing weakness to Dorsey and other tech executives, Twitter became emboldened, but not just to silence conservative influencers like Loomer and Alex Jones, but to silence people even more powerful… just as Loomer warned would happen in her emotional plea to Congress and President Trump.
The social media giant has announced that it will begin to take steps to censor government officials, even the president himself.
“Serving the public conversation includes providing the ability for anyone to talk about what matters to them; this can be especially important when engaging with government officials and political figures,” the company said in a statement last week. “By nature of their positions these leaders have outsized influence and sometimes say things that could be considered controversial or invite debate and discussion. A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable.”
“With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” the statement continued. “On the rare occasions when this happens, we’ll place a notice – a screen you have to click or tap through before you see the Tweet – to provide additional context and clarity. We’ll also take steps to make sure the Tweet is not algorithmically elevated on our service, to strike the right balance between enabling free expression, fostering accountability, and reducing the potential harm caused by these Tweets.”
Twitter noted that the censorship applies to accounts that “[are] or represent a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position (i.e., next in line, awaiting confirmation, named successor to an appointed position); Have more than 100,000 followers; and [are] verified.”
That includes conservative congresspeople like Long (who likely doesn’t even know how to use Twitter and has his staff use it for him), other high profile government officials, including President Trump himself.
Long and the rest of Congress ignoring Jack Dorsey’s blatant lies about anti-conservative bias have had – and will continue to have – signifiant repercussions for conservatives online, and for the GOP as a whole during the 2020 campaign cycle. If Trump’s supporters can no longer support him in the public square, how will he be re-elected? If President Trump himself is censored from sending his message to his supporters online, how will he be re-elected?
If Long wants to redeem himself, he ought to introduce legislation to stop tech bias on social networks and publicly apologize to Loomer. The chances of that happening are slim. Instead, he’ll likely continue to cede ground to the political left until conservatism in America is permanently destroyed.
Until America is destroyed…
Read more here: https://lauraloomer.us/2019/05/02/i-am-now-the-most-banned-woman-in-the-world/
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