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October 16, 2020

Tech Censorship Is Real 🤐

Twitter and Facebook just censored a news story by one of America’s largest papers. After the New York Post published an investigation of corruption allegations, the tech giants suppressed the story, and Twitter blocked its users from sharing the link. Twitter even locked the New York Post’s account, as well as the accounts of many prominent conservatives and the White House press secretary.

This incident is tech censorship, plain and simple. A reputable outlet published a story that is in the public interest, only to be banned from spreading the word. Keep in mind: These are the same social media platforms that Russia, China, and Iran use to spread propaganda and disinformation. But instead of tackling that problem, Twitter and Facebook went after a mainstream American media outlet that’s been around since 1801.

Twitter has apologized for how it handled the situation, and yesterday said that it had changed its policies. Reminder: tech companies have special protections under the law and the ability to block content as long as they apply rules evenly. It’s clear that’s not the case — which is why the Senate is right to investigate this fiasco.

→ Read more: Senate to subpoena Twitter over blocking of disputed Biden articles (Wall Street Journal)

→ Read more: Without methodology or transparency, Facebook and Twitter become the ‘arbiters of the truth’ (Poynter.org)

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