Fire in the House of Goliath: Social Media on Trial

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Social media giants are once again under the loop of Capitol Hill. This time the question pondered upon was whether these tech giants were purposefully censoring conservative pundits and the president of the United States. The grounds for this include the story on Hunter Biden published by the New York Post and censored by Twitter.[1] Conservative lawmakers made a case that this was another example of social media tech companies limiting freedom of speech.

Furthermore, Republican senators pointed out that while Iran and China can blast through Twitter with threats of war and raise doubts of Holocaust denial, Twitter censors posts of the president of the United States and other American conservatives.[2] The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, went in full circle in his explanation as to why Twitter does not censor such language. At times, it seemed like Dorsey himself was confused (mind you, all the CEO’s present could hardly name a liberal they have censored). Mr. Dorsey stated that the language such as that of Iran is part of the country’s “saber-rattling”.

For the most part, conservative lawmakers pushed forward on grilling the CEO’s over the perceived restriction of free speech, for which many researchers have stated this is untrue. Although these experts state it is false, it is obvious that something is up with the strategies and the targets chosen for censorship. Most are conservative outlets.

As for censoring scientific information, there is a current example. This comes in the form of the CO2 Coalition, an organization of leading scientists studying the benefits of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Their mission is to “[educate] thought leaders, policymakers, and the public about the important contribution made by carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy.”[3] As the reader may expect, the social media giants immediately went into hypertension mode and censored practically every piece of information.

Whether the reader may agree or not on certain issues, may it be environmental, religious, or political…Google, Twitter, and Facebook should not hammer down free speech to their liking.




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