Twitter CEO Admits Censoring The Hunter Biden Story Was “Wrong” . . . Democrats Call For More Censorship

Twitter LogoWe previously discussed the unrelenting drumbeat of censorship on the Internet from Democratic leaders, including President-elect Joe Biden. This growing campaign against free speech is continuing to grow despite the hearing yesterday when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the company wrongly blocked the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s influence peddling before the election. There was no acknowledgement from the many academics or politicians who supported the action by Twitter. Instead, Democratic senators called for more such censorship.

Dorsey’s statement was apologetic but still incomplete and evasive. He stated “We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.”

There was no suggestion of hacking since the source of the information was identified as coming from an abandoned computer of Hunter Biden. Neither Biden nor his father’s campaign has ever denied that the laptop and the emails were his.  Moreover, Twitter blocked the New York Post for two weeks, not 24 hours. The New York Post refused to take down the story and it took two weeks for Twitter to lift the block. As a result, it blocked the newspaper during the critical run up to the election.

However, it was not Dorsey’s statement but the response of Democratic senators that was so unnerving. Various senators demanded more such censorship.  As I have stated before as someone from a staunchly Democratic family in Chicago, I never imagined that the party would embrace censorship as a rallying cry.  Yet, attacking free speech has become a common theme on the left.

This is precisely how the crackdown on free speech in Europe began.  Once politicians convinced the public to surrender this right to fight hateful views, countries like France, Germany and England plunged into greater and greater criminalization and regulation of speech.  In a particularly worrisome move, Biden selected one of the most anti-free speech figures in the United States to head his transition team on media agency offices.

The fear of our going down the same road as Europe was magnified in yesterday’s hearing as senators pressed the companies for many censorship.  One of the most chilling moments came from Delaware Senator Chris Coons who demonstrated the very essence of the “slippery slope” danger.

Dorsey: Well, misleading information, as you are aware, is a large problem. It’s hard to define it completely and cohesively. We wanted to scope our approach to start to focus on the highest severity of harm. We focused on three areas, manipulated media, which you mentioned, civic integrity around the election, specifically in public health, specifically around COVID. We wanted to make sure that our resources that we  have the greatest impact on where we believe the greatest severity of harm is going to be. Our policies are living documents. They will evolve. We will add to them, but we thought it important that we focus our energies and prioritize the work as much as we could.

Coons: Well, Mr. Dorsey, I’ll close with this. I cannot think of a greater harm than climate change, which is transforming literally our planet and causing harm to our entire world. I think we’re experiencing significant harm as we speak. I recognize the pandemic and misinformation about COVID-19, manipulated media also cause harm, but I’d urge you to reconsider that because helping to disseminate climate denialism, in my view, further facilitates and accelerates one of the greatest existential threats to our world. So thank you to both of our witnesses.

Notably, Dorsey starts with the same argument made by free speech advocates: “Well, misleading information, as you are aware, is a large problem. It’s hard to define it completely and cohesively.” However, instead of then raising concerns over censoring views and comments on the basis for such an amorphous category, Coons pressed to expanding the categories of censored material to prevent people from sharing any views that he considers “climate denialism”

There is, of course, a wide array of views that different people or different groups would declare “harmful.” Indeed, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal seemed to take the opposite meaning from Twitter admitting that it was wrong to censor the Biden story. Blumenthal said that he was “concerned that both of your companies are, in fact, backsliding or retrenching, that you are failing to take action against dangerous disinformation.” Accordingly, he demand an answer to this question:

“Will you commit to the same kind of robust content modification playbook in this coming election, including fact checking, labeling, reducing the spread of misinformation, and other steps, even for politicians in the runoff elections ahead?”

“Robust content modification” has a certain Orwellian feel to it. It is not content modification. It is censorship. If the Democratic party is going crackdown on free speech, it should admit to being the party of censorship and join those who have insisted “China is right.”  At least there would be an element of honesty in this growing campaign against free speech in the United States.

94 thoughts on “Twitter CEO Admits Censoring The Hunter Biden Story Was “Wrong” . . . Democrats Call For More Censorship”

  1. There were Democratic voters who couldn’t stand trump, but they were part of a red wave down ticket and voted for Republicans both in national and in state elections. They do not buy the far lefy philosophy. These Democrats voted as they did because they are just as alarmed as Republicans at the tactics of social media. They gave the Republicans the power over redistricting. They will be voting on 2022.

  2. No” SORRY WE WERE WRONG” , just we were wrong. Maybe some responsibility to the American people who have made you a billionare would be in order. You put your thumb on the election scale and the best you’ve got for the American people is “Oh my bad”. Oh well we didn’t mean no bad thing. When pigs fly. Ocean front property in Arizona, etc, etc, etc.

  3. More troubling Biden family connections to China and Russia. Where’s the media investigating or reporting on any of this Biden family corruption? Joe Biden lies about not knowing anything about his family’s business dealings. He gets away with it because the media is DNC controlled. Joe Biden is filthy dirty corrupt and clearly compromised and MUST be investigated.

    ‘The Chinese communists paid $6 million to the family of Jill Biden’s former WH personal assistant. This is corroborated by bank records, not Adam Schiff’s imagination.’

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/senate-investigators-new-records-confirm-troubling-biden-family-links-to-china-and-russia

    “These new records confirm the connections between the Biden family and the communist Chinese government, as well as the links between Hunter Biden’s business associates and the Russian government, and further support the Committees’ September 23, 2020 report’s finding that such relationships created counterintelligence and extortion concerns,” the senators wrote in the five-page report, which was followed by 65 pages of evidence.”

    ““These transactions are a direct link between Walker and the communist Chinese government and, because of his close association with Hunter Biden, yet another tie between Hunter Biden’s financial arrangements and the communist Chinese government,” Grassley and Johnson concluded.”

    1. So Mr Turley exactly what are you surprised or concerned with here as it has all been well past clear what is going on and why ? You sir are another quasi intellectual who lives in an ivory tower . Are you even capable of calling a spade a spade ? Or just waffle words and conclusions ? Can you say the corruption and voting crimes are off the charts by th DEM/DSA and PRAVDA/MSM or not ? Or is that too much to ask of a siuppsoed well educated man ? I have no PHD or MBA and can figure this out easily, ponder that simple fact ? I am sick of you phonies like Fauci and many others and not afraid to say so !

  4. All affected persons, including blog moderators, are encouraged to carefully review the following information in connection with their moderation decisions. They will recognize that the following is intended as satire to foster discussion on important issues relating to the role of government and the media, the rule of law, and free speech.

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    PARTY SPOKESPERSON OBAMA CALLS FOR NEW REGULATIONS TO PROTECT FREE SPEECH
    -Combination of regulation and standards within industries; amplifies growing calls to promote Truth and drive out Lies

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    MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA — Party spokesperson Barack Obama today called for the implementation of common-sense new measures to protect free speech. Mr. Obama’s remarks add to growing support for new rules to advance the Party’s core first amendment values and protect the free speech rights of millions of Americans.

    In candid yet measured remarks offered from the Obama family compound, Mr. Obama noted that the chasm between Party-approved narratives and so-called facts espoused by divisive elements has reached crisis levels. “It’s going to require a combination of regulations and standards within industries to get us back to the point where we at lease recognize a common set of facts before we start arguing about what we should do about those facts,” said Mr. Obama. “We’re on the right side of history,” he added.

    1. Mr. Obama’s remarks were made in support of the release of his new book, “A Promised Land.”

      Mr. Richard Stengel, a first amendment authority, counter-disinformation expert, and Team Lead for Global Media in the Administration of President Biden, thanked Mr. Obama for his remarks and reiterated Party doctrine in the area. “As a government official travelling around the world, I came to see how our first amendment standards are an outlier,” said Mr. Stengel. “All speech is not equal. And where Truth cannot drive out Lies, we must add new guardrails,” he added.

      Mr. Obama’s publications are required reading for all aspiring Party members. His recently released Spotify playlist is an inspiration to persons of all genders and has been adopted as required listening in all Starbucks, Whole Foods, and government locations nationwide. Mr. Obama’s books include “Dreams from My Father” and “A Promised Land,” both of which are available through Party stakeholder and Washington Post affiliate Amazon.

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      Immediate implementation of these guidelines is authorized under previously approved directives adopted in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Further information on these guidelines will be communicated as circumstances dictate.

  5. CTHD and others have been rabid in their criticism here of President Trump because he doesn’t wear a mask. He doesn’t need to wear a mask. He is recovered and not infectious.

    However the Saints of the Left, Fauci, Cuomo, and lately governor Newsom together with members of the California Board of Medicine feel perfectly free to appear in public gatherings without the masks they tell the rest of us are so horribly, terribly, absolutely necessary.

    None of these people should be believed on anything. They lack moral credibility.

    https://nypost.com/2020/11/18/photos-show-california-gov-newsom-at-maskless-party/

    1. Did you catch the birthday party Newsome attended at that super-expensive restaurant in Napa County? They’re all sitting shoulder-to-shoulder and were so loud someone took it upon themselves to shut the sliding door to the outside tables and leave them spreading to each other in a closed room. This is the man who tried to ban visiting beaches.

      The birthday party was for a lobbyist, btw. Social incest among the nomenklatura. This is the Democratic Party.

  6. Ever wonder why Hollywood, which is simply another component of the Global Deep State criminal enterprise (as is the mainstream media and “academia”), has never attempted to remake Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451”? Now you know. They WANT censorship and total control of the masses. And the latest phony presidential election results annointing the real loser Biden as the “president-elect” via rigging the election is all part of the Global Deep State’s master plan to further destroy all civil liberties and human rights.

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