Democrats and their closest allies and friends in the mainstream media are angry about the fact that Tesla President Elon Musk has bought Twitter. Why? Because they're scared of the possibility of someone like him establishing an equal playing field with regards to the political debate within the social media platform. Under the pretense of preventing “disinformation” and “misinformation,” the left-wingers of the company have been engaged in censorship that is politically biased to silence conservative viewpoints. The only issue Democrats in the government have faced in dealing with Twitter or other online media firms is that they do not censor enough.
Now that it seems that there's an incoming sheriff, Democrats in Congress are thinking about how they can react. Bloomberg News published a report on Sunday that suggested certain Democrats within the Senate are contemplating taking Musk to Congress to give testimony about his plans regarding changing Twitter's moderation censorship policies. “We're thinking about it,” said Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) during an interview on Thursday.
The lawmaker also referred to previous occasions where the former Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey and Meta Platforms Inc.'s CEO Mark Zuckerberg were called to give witness. At these hearings, senators asked these individuals questions on Section 230, which provides certain protections to users who create content posted on their websites.
When he agreed to buy Twitter, Musk declared his plan to turn it into a platform that is focused on free speech and free of censorship that is biased towards certain political views. The move was greeted with approval by libertarians and conservatives who complained for years that the company's rules and conditions were applied in an inconsistent manner and favored those who are left-leaning.
Senator. Ed Markey (D-MA) is a member of the Commerce Committee and has repeatedly advocated for legislation that would control Big Tech companies and tamp down on certain kinds of speech, and he argued that bringing Musk to Congress is the right thing to do.
“It's a technology which is central to democracy and our economy and it is important for the representatives of the American people to hear what the new owners intend on using that technology to accomplish,” Markey said to Bloomberg. “We have to understand the censorship or lack thereof, content moderation or not, that is going to be the policy for the new owner.”
Senator. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was in agreement with his colleagues, insisting Musk should be required to testify. “There is a powerful imperative to ask him to tell Congress and the American people how he's going to address the concerns that we've raised,” Blumenthal declared.
This should not be a shock.
As it became clear that Musk will likely be the new owner of Twitter and its CEO, it was clear that Democrats will seek to make use of the state's power to restrain him. White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested that the administration may propose legislation to deal with Section 230 in a manner that could force Twitter, as well as the other Big Tech companies, to ramp up the censorship effort. Prior to this, there was a time when the White House tried using its position to force Facebook into taking down views on COVID-19 that were not in line with the Democratic-approved narrative.
At the moment, Democrats in Congress claim they're only looking at making Musk appear before a committee. We know that it's only a matter of time before they bring Musk to the Capitol building do we not? They may not be able to do it today. Maybe they'll hold off until Musk becomes the official head of Twitter. However, they believe that an end is in sight and will try anything to ensure that Musk accepts the blame. The question is: will Elon Musk bow to pressure?