Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Ca.) was one of the leading proponents of the Russiagate scandal, utilizing his role as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to harass President Trump during his administration.

Beyond hawking conspiracy theories about Trump, Schiff is also one of the leading proponents of online censorship.

Schiff has been one of the most ardent critics of Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, citing concerns over allowing hate speech on the platform.

On Thursday, he released a statement expressing concern over the supposed rise in hate speech on the social media giant, claiming that slurs against marginalized groups have significant increased since Musk acquired Twitter.

From Schiff’s Congressional Webpage

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“Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) and Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered a letter to Twitter CEO Elon Musk urging him to take action to combat the rise in dangerous hate speech on Twitter.

“Although you tweeted that one of your goals as Chief Executive Officer of Twitter was strong content moderation on the platform, the results of your leadership have been the opposite,” write Schiff and Takano. “Multiple reports have shown that since you became CEO in late October, hate speech has dramatically increased on Twitter. Under your leadership, there has been an extreme spike in the number of tweets that include slurs, the level of engagement with these tweets, and the popularity of spreading this harmful rhetoric.”

According to the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the number of tweets containing slurs has grown significantly since Musk become CEO.”

Musk quickly fact-checked Schiff, showing that hate speech on the platform has actually declined since he took over.

Musk has said that while he will be more cautious on censoring political speech, he will still ban outright hate speech.

President Trump previously criticized Schiff for promoting fake news regarding the Russiagate scandal.

 

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