Twitter's Jack Dorsey's got some 'splainin' to do
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist, walks the corridors of Capitol Hill after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on "Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms" on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twitter's permanent ban of conspiracy-monger Alex Jones on Thursday again underscored the difficulty many social media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behavior. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has just kicked off an investigation into Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s alleged lying to Congress, according to a report from The Federalist.
With all this booting of conservatives from his social media platform, he sure does have some ‘splainin’ to do, yes?
Better hurry and get the questioning done, though.
Come January, when the House falls to Democratic reigns, all the querying going on will focus on President Donald Trump and Robert Mueller’s findings on Russia collusion — and mark the smart political watcher’s words: No matter what the special counsel finds, Democrats will find cause to impeach.
But until January, it’ll be interesting to see what Republicans turn up on Dorsey.
He is, after all, the leader of the not-so-free social media world known for its ongoing, even escalating — can you say Laura Loomer? — censorship of conservatives.
Can you say Alex Jones?
In September, Dorsey testified before the House and told them that his company pretty much had a zero-tolerance policy for death threats, and that his company did not — repeat, did not — discriminate against users based on political content.
Again: Can you say Laura Loomer?
She’s only the latest victim of what appears, by all accounts, by all sane assessments, to be Twitter’s clear bias against conservative thought.
Yet Dorseysaid this in September to congressional members: “We don’t consider political viewpoints, perspectives or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions, period. … Our policies and our algorithms don’t take into consideration any affiliation, philosophy or viewpoint.”
It’s a point that has yet to be explained to Twitter users’ satisfaction.
Perhaps Dorsey could take a stab at it?
“The committee is aware of Twitter’s actions and is currently reviewing Mr. Dorsey’s testimony,” The Federalist cited an aide to the committee as saying.
Great. But let’s kick it into high gear. After all, the Democrats are coming, and they’re not likely to be as inquisitive as Republicans about any social media bias that stifles conservative expression.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @ckchumley.