At a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing on Wednesday, former Twitter executives were questioned over the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
James Comer, the committee’s chairman, charged that Big Tech firms like Twitter were run by people opposed to free speech and worked with authorities to restrict articles that were unfavorable to President Biden and his family.
“We owe it to the American people to provide answers about this collusion to censor information about Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s business schemes.”
Comer claimed that before Twitter deleted the New York Post articles about the contents of the Hunter Biden laptop in October 2020, his research team had established the presence of government and Big Tech collaboration to restrict free speech and undermine democracy.
Comer added, “In the months leading up to the laptop story, the FBI advised senior Twitter executives to question the validity of any Hunter Biden story. We also know that one of the witnesses before us today participated in an Aspen Institute exercise in September 2020 on a potential ‘hack and dump’ operation relating to Hunter Biden. Other Big Tech companies and reporters attended as well.”
At the past, censoring political news during an election would have been unthinkable, but owing to the biased leadership in Big Tech companies, it is now possible, according to Comer.
Many social media sites are run by individuals who oppose the core American values of free speech and expression that are upheld in the U.S. Constitution.
In the past, Twitter staff members frequently deviated from the company’s own publicly stated principles when deciding what content to ban. It received millions of dollars to monitor Americans’ constitutionally protected speech while collaborating with the FBI.
Rep. Jim Jordan of the Ohio GOP questioned Baker about whether he had ever spoken with the FBI regarding the Hunter Biden laptop.
Comer voiced worry that, in violation of the constitution, the federal government is using Twitter, a private firm, to censor free speech.
Roth stated “Twitter made a mistake. “I’ll be the first to admit that we didn’t always get it right. Individual content moderation decisions will always be contentious, and reasonable minds can differ about whether a specific choice was right or wrong.”