Congressional Democrats mull over buying Elon Musk on Twitter

Democrats and their close friends and allies in the activist media are very angry that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is buying Twitter. Why? Because they are terrified of someone like him creating a level playing field when it comes to political speech on the platform. Under the guise of stopping “disinformation” and “misinformation,” corporate leftists have engaged in politically biased censorship against conservative voices. The only problem Democrats in government have had with Twitter and other social media companies is that they don’t censor enough.

But now that there seems to be a new sheriff in town, Democrats in Congress are wondering how they will react. Bloomberg News released a report on Sunday that some Democrats in the Senate were considering dragging Musk to Congress to testify about his Twitter reform intentions moderation censorship practices. “We’re thinking about it,” Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said in an interview Thursday.

The lawmaker pointed to other occasions where former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Meta Platforms Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg were called to testify. During these hearings, the senators asked these people about Section 230, which provides certain protections related to user-generated content on their sites.

By agreeing to buy Twitter, Musk declared his intention to turn it into a platform for free speech, free from politically biased censorship. The move was welcomed by conservatives and libertarians who have complained for years that the company enforces its terms and conditions inconsistently, showing favoritism to left-leaning users.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who sits on the Commerce Committee and has repeatedly lobbied for legislation to regulate Big Tech companies and clamp down on certain types of speech, insisted that transporting Musk before Congress was the right move.

“This is technology that is central to democracy and our economy and it is important that representatives of the American people hear what the new owners intend to use this technology to accomplish,” Markey told Bloomberg. “We need to understand censorship or lack thereof, content moderation or not, that will be the policy of the new owner. »

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) agreed with his colleagues, insisting that Musk should be compelled to testify. “There is a powerful imperative to ask him to tell Congress and the American people how he is going to address the concerns we have raised,” he said.

None of this should come as a surprise.

When it became clear that Musk would likely become the new owner of Twitter, it became clear that Democrats would seek to use state power to rein him in. a way that would pressure Twitter and other Big Tech companies to step up their censorship efforts. Even before this development, the White House tried to use its position to bully Facebook into stifling views on COVID-19 that did not conform to the Democratic-endorsed narrative.

Right now, congressional Democrats say they are only considering having Musk testify. But we already know it’s only a matter of time before they take him to the Capitol, right? They might not do it tomorrow. Maybe they will wait until he is officially the new boss of Twitter. But either way, they believe a settling of scores is necessary and they’ll do anything to get Musk to play ball. The question is: will Elon Musk give in to the pressure?

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