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Democratic Rep. Doyle addresses GOP motivations behind Twitter hearingRep. Mike Doyle takes issue with the political purposes of the congressional hearings and the implication that conservative voices on Twitter are being censored.
I wanna read a few quote about twitter practices and I just you to tell me if they are true or not. Social media is being rigged to censor conservatives. Is that true of twitter? No. I don't know if twitter is up to. It sure looks like to me that they're censoring people and they ought to stop it Are you censoring people? > No. Twitter shadow banning prominent Republicans, bad. Is that true? > No. So these were statements made by Kevin McCarthy the House Majority leader on Twitter. Devin Noon is on Fox News and President Trump On Twitter and I wanna place those statements into the record, Mr. Chairman. An objection. I think it's important for people to understand the premise of this whole hearing and the reason that Twitter somehow, with all the other social media platforms out there, got the singular honor to sit in front of this committee Is because there's some implication that your site is trying to censor conservative voices on your platform. Now when you tried to explain the shadow banning, as I understand it, you had a system where if people who were following people had some behaviors That was the trigger that caused you to do the shadow banning. So you're really like an equal opportunity shadow banner, right? You didn't just shadow ban 4 conservative Republicans, you shadow banned 600,000 people across your entire platform across the globe who had people following them that had certain behaviors that caused you to downgrade Them coming up. Is that correct? Correct. So this was never targeted at conservative Republicans. This was targeted to a group of 600,000 people because of the people who followed them. And then you determined that wasn't fair, and you corrected that practice. Is that correct? Correct. So just for the record, since you've been singled out as a social media platform before this committee. Twitter undertook no behavior to selectively censor Conservative Republicans or conservative voices on your platform. Is that correct? Correct. GOod, so let the recod reflect that because that's the whole reason, supposedly, We're here because House Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote our chairman a letter and said hey, this is going on and we think your committee should investigate it. And it's a load of crap.