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Is it still a federal offense to lie to Congress?
Asking for a friend.
Ever wonder why these Big Tech oligarchs feel like they are above the law?
Because so far they have been.
Shoot….that’s not even accurate.
They got an entire law (Section 230) written just for them!
They aren’t above the law, the ARE the law.
And so when you’ve lived with impunity and immunity for years, you probably feel like you don’t answer to anyone…not even Congress.
That was CERTAINLY evident in today’s testimony by Jack Dorsey to Congress.
Many (including prominent Senators like Ted Cruz) are saying he flat out lied multiple times.
That’s still a felony, right?
Take a look….Lie #1:
One high-profile victim of Twitter's bias, censorship and illegality, the NY Post, explained more:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday falsely told senators that his company lifted a ban on users tweeting articles from The Post’s Hunter Biden exposé, despite the fact that the ban remained on one of The Post’s bombshell stories and was only lifted after he made the claim.
“Anyone can tweet these articles,” Dorsey told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about The Post’s articles on emails implicating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in his son’s work in China and Ukraine.
But Twitter users quickly noted that the social network still banned distribution of The Post’s article describing a business proposal in China involving Hunter Biden and a document indicating a 10 percent set-aside for “the big guy.”
“Jack Dorsey of Twitter just told Senator Cruz that anyone could now share the NY Post’s bombshell stories on Twitter. Dorsey is lying,” tweeted Abigail Marone, a rapid response official on President Trump’s re-election campaign, linking to a screen recording of the app blocking the post.
“Twitter is STILL blocking the URL for the NY Post story about the Biden’s foreign corruption & China dealings,” Marone wrote in a tweet shared by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on her personal account.
Users were not able to share a link to the article on the proposed China business deal until Wednesday afternoon, about two hours after Dorsey claimed anyone could share The Post’s reporting. Details of the story last week were corroborated by former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski.
“Something went wrong, but don’t fret — let’s give it another shot,” an error message informed Twitter users.
Twitter’s error message said of the article: “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful. Visit our Help Center to learn more.”
The company attempted to explain the issue as a technical glitch in Wednesday afternoon tweets from the @TwitterComms account.
Twitter said “[p]eople may have had trouble Tweeting in this specific instance because the article shared included an Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) link,” despite the fact that both the Trump campaign and The Post were blocked from sharing non-AMP article links. AMP links are used for smartphone displays and have a modified URL.
Also appearing to contradict the company’s claim, the error message on Wednesday said the article was “potentially harmful,” the same wording used for the initial censorship of The Post.
Dorsey claimed repeatedly in his testimony that Twitter had lifted its ban on sharing The Post’s articles, which Twitter initially censored under a “hacked materials” policy, despite no evidence that the records were hacked.
“Our team made a fast decision. The enforcement action, however, of blocking URLs, both in tweets and in DM direct messages we believe was incorrect and we changed it,” Dorsey claimed.
Cruz insisted: “You’re still blocking. You’re still blocking their posts, right now today you’re blocking their posts.”
“We’re not blocking The Post, anyone can tweet these articles,” Dorsey said.
Hunter Biden has not denied taking the laptop to a Delaware computer repairman, whose identity The Post confirmed before publication, and Bobulinski came forward last week to corroborate allegations that Joe Biden was aware of and involved in his son’s dealings. The repairman says Hunter Biden never retrieved the laptop from his store, and provided evidence of a contract saying the equipment would be legally regarded as abandoned after 90 days.
Dorsey separately said the New York Post, which remains locked out of its Twitter account, “[has] to log into their account, which they can do at this minute, delete the original tweet, which fell under our original enforcement actions, and they can tweet the exact same material to the exact same article and it would go through.”
And from the Federalist:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lied to Congress on Tuesday during a Senate hearing focused on Big Tech’s content moderation policies when he claimed that his social media company has never censored President Donald Trump.
“Just to be clear, we have not censored the president,” Dorsey said in response to Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. “We have not taken the tweets down that you’re referencing. We have added context with a label and we do the same for leaders around the world.”
Blackburn said Twitter has censored Trump and his campaign’s tweets and accounts at least 65 times, and but never once censored Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden. Dorsey maintained the company did nothing wrong by labeling the president’s tweets and adding more “context” to his statements.
“We have not censored the U.S. president,” Dorsey echoed. “We do not take down the tweets but we add context around it.”
Despite Dorsey’s false claims, there are numerous examples of Twitter censoring Trump and even taking down his posts.
Earlier in the year, Twitter removed access to an obviously fake “racist baby” video posted by the president after creating a platform-sponsored fact-check in the trending topics section of the website.
Twitter censored multiple Trump tweets raising valid concerns over mail-in voting and flagged Trump’s tweets about sending the National Guard to cities with violent rioting as “glorifying violence.”
Trump’s tweets likening coronavirus to the flu were also hidden by the big tech company.
In addition to their censorship of Trump, Blackburn also noted that, despite Twitter’s reported commitment to “adding more context” to world leaders’ posts, Twitter has not taken action against the Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei for spreading misinformation.
“You said Holocaust denial and threats of Jewish genocide by Iran’s terrorist Ayatollah do not violate Twitter rules and it’s important for Iran’s leaders, like their terrorist leader, to have a platform on Twitter,” Blackburn said.
“You have testified you are worried about election interference. That is something we are all worried about,” she said. “For about 100 years, foreign sources have been trying to influence U.S. Policy and U.S. Elections. Now they are on your platforms. They see this as a way to get access to the American people.”
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