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Dorsey replied that Twitter did not find a host of tweets from Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – during which the Ayatollah threatened Israel with Jihad – to violate its terms. Trump’s tweets, however, “can cause more immediate harm,” the Twitter CEO claimed.
Dorsey appeared at Wednesday’s hearing alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google chief Sundar Pichai. Democrats mostly focused their questions around the tech bosses’ apparent failures to fight “misinformation,” while Republicans lasered in on allegations of bias and censorship.
All three CEOs defended Section 230, a US law that allows social media sites to be treated as ‘platforms’ instead of ‘publishers’, and permits them to police what kind of content they allow on their sites. Republicans argue that this law has enabled the companies to restrict content at will, and for partisan reasons. President Trump has repeatedly called on Congress to repeal the law, and did so again during Wednesday’s hearing.
“The USA doesn’t have Freedom of the Press, we have Suppression of the Story, or just plain Fake News,” he tweeted. “Repeal Section 230!”
The USA doesn’t have Freedom of the Press, we have Suppression of the Story, or just plain Fake News. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. Repeal Section 230!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
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