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Senate Republicans wish to summon Twitter CEO for blocked Biden story

The company said the article & # 39; NY Post & # 39; violate his doxxing and hacked materials rules.

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15, 2020

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This story originally appeared on Engadget

The Senate Justice Committee will vote next week on whether to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the company blocked a New York Post story about Joe Biden. Twitter said the article violated its doxxing and hacked materials rules because it contained images with "personal and private information – like email addresses and phone numbers". Facebook also limited the distribution of the report.

Sen. @tedcruz: "Twitter is currently actively blocking stories from the New York Post … on Tuesday the Justice Committee, the entire committee, will vote on subpoenas to bring @Jack Dorsey to our committee."

– CSPAN (@cspan) October 15, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who accused Twitter and Facebook of "actively meddling in this election," told reporters the committee would decide Tuesday whether to summon Dorsey. Committee member Cruz also sent a letter to the Twitter CEO asking for responses to the company's decision.

My letter to @jack regarding @Nypost @Twitter censorship.

– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 14, 2020

House Judiciary Committee Republicans and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) republished the story on their websites. They hope to spread the word and bypass the twitter block for links to the post version.

In the publication, the report was described as a "smoking gun" containing images of emails allegedly from the laptop of Hunter Biden, Biden's son. Experts have questioned the authenticity of the emails, and Biden's campaign has dismissed some of the allegations set out in the story.

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The situation has prompted renewed calls to withdraw the protection that internet platforms have under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, will testify before the Senate Trade Committee on October 28th.

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