In the face of the current controversy involving Twitter and Facebook with the censorship of a story about the shady business dealings of Joe Biden and his son Hunter abroad, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for “Silicon Valley oligarchs” to testify before the Senate.
As Fox News pointed out, Big Tech companies are currently in the eye of the storm for suppressing reports detailing irregularities in Hunter Biden’s foreign business while his father was serving as U.S. vice president.
Fox obtained a video from Cruz’s office that questions the role of Silicon Valley-based companies, highlighting mainly the role of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“We’re seeing Silicon Valley billionaires drunk with power,” Cruz says. “We have seen Big Tech, Twitter and Facebook actively interfering in this election in a way that has no precedent in the history of our country,” Cruz announces in the video. “The Senate Judiciary wants to know what the hell is going on.”
The video shows several clips related to the media coverage, also warning about the threat that Big Tech poses to a free press.
“Big Tech billionaires don’t get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election,” says Cruz, adding, “It has no precedent in the history of democracy.”
On Oct. 15, Cruz claimed that Twitter was interfering in the upcoming elections and indicated that it was silencing the media.
“They are censoring the press (…) silencing the media is a direct violation of the principles of the First Amendment,” said Cruz.
Last Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that both Dorsey and Zuckerberg will testify voluntarily at a meeting scheduled for the Senate on Nov. 17.
“The hearing will focus on the platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles,” Graham announced, adding that it “will provide a valuable opportunity to review the companies handling of the 2020 election.”
Earlier this week, Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned the CEOs of both technology companies that they would be summoned if they did not agree to testify voluntarily, so they finally gave in to the demands.