Congressional Democrats Explicitly Call For Censorship

Eugene Volokh has an extended quote from a letter by two House Democrats, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Emanuel Cleaver, to Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter:

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We are disturbed by the ease in which foreign actors were able to manipulate your platform to advance anti-American sentiments that both exacerbates [sic] racial tension and ultimately threatens our democracy. More importantly, we are disappointed by the silence from you and others in your industry on ways to counter such blatant manipulation of this medium to build racial animosity, the consequences of which are quite literally life threatening.

As federal representatives for the men and women most harshly affected by the consequences of your irresponsibility, we urge you to clearly outline: 1) what efforts you have made to detect these accounts and actions you have employed to eliminate racially divisive communications from your networks, 2) what security features you have in place to prevent foreign entities from meddling in our election process, 3) and what reporting process you have to inform the government and the public on the number, nature and impact of these problematic accounts.

Additionally, we are concerned that insufficient government oversight over your firm is inadvertently leading to deeper racial divisions and threats to our democracy. If Twitter continues to prove unable or hesitant to grasp the seriousness of this threat and combat the racialized climate that is being stimulated on your platforms, we, as Members of Congress, will be left with little option but to demand for increased regulations and government oversight of this industry to address these problems.

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You gotta love the assertion that Twitter’s Orwellian “Trust and Safety Council” doesn’t have enough leftists doing censorship. God, leftists are brazen. You also gotta love the spectacle of Democrats suddenly feigning concern about people expressing “anti-American sentiments.”

Anyway, if I were Dorsey I’d respond by posting an open letter on Twitter that says,

Look, I understand that you’re worried about your political futures and feeling a need to play to your base. But by calling for censorship, you’re openly admitting that your base is people who like censorship. This is an astonishing misstep on your part, but thank you for making it.

Foreigners speaking is not “meddling in our election process.” But thank you for that, too… because you have now publicly conceded that foreigners interfering in US elections is a bad thing. Did you mean to concede that?

Since you are, or pretend to be, concerned about that, how about implementing tough measures to prevent non-citizens from voting in US elections – which really is foreigners meddling in our election process.

I’ll think about restricting foreigners’ speech… after you and other Democrats call for, and successfully implement, measures to stop foreigners from actually voting in our elections.

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