Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter on July 8, to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey accusing the platform of exercising censorship over prominent conservatives but not on prominent liberals, which he called “editorial control,” according to Fox News.
Jordan, a member of the House Congressional Judiciary Committee, is responding to the growing censorship of conservative digital media as well as users that are critical of the mainstream media’s narrative. Censorship reached its limit when Twitter began placing “warnings labels” on President Trump’s tweets.
The first incident of censorship occurred in a May 26 tweet, when Trump pointed out the potential fraud involved in mail in voting, to which Twitter added a warning of “abusive behavior.”
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
The second incident was on May 26, when riots broke out following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
Jim Jordan noted, “While Twitter has sought to silence conservative voices, including the President of the United States, on its platform, Twitter has allowed violent extremists to use its platform with apparent impunity,” Jordan wrote before citing tweets made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who called for the “elimination of Israel.”
The documentation required by Jordan seeks to understand what the criteria or operation of the platform is for deciding to censor certain users. That’s why he requested “all content moderation decisions made by Twitter over the past year for users located within the United States, including which Twitter rule or policy the user allegedly violated and the content of the moderated tweet.”
Comments from the attorney general
William Barr, U.S. attorney general, said in an interview with NBC, “They built up all their membership and their networks [by] saying, ‘We have a wide variety of views. People can come in and post their views and their positions and their statements …” There’s something very disturbing about what’s going on.”
The head of the Twitter fact-checking team, Yoel Roth
It was learned that the person who supervises the fact-checking team that “reviews” the tweets to determine a possible violation on policies, Yoel Roth, has a history of “anti-Trump” tweets, which calls into question the neutrality that such a team may have in doing its job.
Yoel accused Trump of being a Nazi and a racist and compared Kellyanne Conway to Joseph Goebbels, the notorious Nazi Minister of Propaganda.
Jordan gave Twitter until July 22 to produce the documents.