Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told media on Monday, Oct. 19, that the social networking platforms Facebook and Twitter would face sanctions for “potentially serious campaign finance violations” by censoring negative stories against Democrats and allowing critical and biased coverage of Republicans.
According to Cruz, “Giant multibillion dollar corporations are making multibillion-dollar contributions to support [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden … It is at a scale never before seen in our election,” according to the Daily Caller.
The New York Post exposed alleged criminal activities in an article about Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.
Twitter and Facebook have heavily censored the story.
Cruz said the technology giants “crossed a rubicon that they had not previously even dreamed of crossing.”
Twitter ended up blocking several accounts that tried to release the New York Post report on Wednesday, including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
The platform claimed the story violated its Hacking Policy, without offering details supporting its claim.
According to Cristina Tardaguila, associate director of the International Data Verification (fact-checking) Network, the hasty censorship carried out by social networks without a proper review of the facts reported by the Post was “dangerous.”
Cruz announced on Oct. 15 that the Senate Judiciary Committee had subpoenaed Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey.
Cruz said that Twitter was interfering in the upcoming election and silencing the media, “silencing the media is a direct violation of the principles of the First Amendment,” Fox News reported.
Cruz said that Twitter had not blocked Trump’s tax stories even though the returns had not been made available, nor had the discredited dossier of former British agent and main informant on the alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 elections, Christopher Steele.
“People tweet about that all the time, but when it comes to Joe Biden, Twitter has decided that they are using their multibillion-dollar monopoly power to try to silence all discussion and keep the voters ignorant,” Cruz said, according to Fox News.
For Cruz, the big technology companies assume they have unlimited power to censor the media and prevent Americans from learning the facts and condemning the stories that such technological narrative promotes.
“This poses the single greatest threat to free speech in America today,” Cruz added. “It poses the single greatest threat to democracy in America today.”
President Donald Trump announced last Thursday during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, that technology companies could be stripped of their Section 230 protections if they persist in coordinating with major media outlets to censor.
According to One America News, Section 230 effectively protects platforms such as Twitter and Facebook from being held accountable for published content; and it also protects them from being held to account for censoring or not censoring certain content.
Cruz said he expects Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify about the censorship of the Post’s story at the Senate Judiciary Committee before the November election.