When it comes to one lawmaker’s Twitter account being locked out while another’s wasn’t, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has something to say about it.
Hawley’s reaction comes as Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) got torched for tweeting out a long-list of names and workplaces of major donors to President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, trying to call out those who are “fueling a campaign of hate.”
Although Castro’s account is up and running, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign Twitter account was locked for posting a video of demonstrations threatening him outside his Kentucky home.
Hawley blasted Twitter over this:
“This is all too typical for Twitter and big tech. You’ve got Congressman Castro out there actually calling for retribution against Trump supporters, Trump donors… Twitter doesn’t do anything about that. But Mitch McConnell, whose life has been threatened, that he exposes what these left-wing wackos are doing, and Twitter shuts him down? They censor him? It’s crazy.”
While Castro claimed that his intentions weren’t to harass anyone, Hawley slammed that as “absolutely false.”
Hawley suggested Twitter to “open your books and open your operation to a third-party audit, actually show us how you’re making these decisions. If you have nothing to hide, open it up.”
Watch Hawley’s interview below:
Hawley has spoken out about holding big tech accountable, as IJR Red previously dove into, as he introduced a bill, “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act,” to regulate social media.
His bill comes at a time that conservatives believe to be targetted and censored. His bill “removes the immunity big tech companies receive under Section 230 unless they submit to an external audit that proves by clear and convincing evidence that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral.”
“This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate,” Hawley said.
Hawley also introduced another piece of legislation, Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology [SMART] Act, to curb social media addiction, as IJR Red also reported on.