Democrat Senators think Twitter is essential to our Democracy, and are thinking of hauling Elon Musk in to be questioned
Senate Democrats are “thinking about” hauling Elon Must in for questioning before the Senate, since he bought Twitter. Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell (WA) said Thursday that they are considering bringing Musk in to hold an inquisition, in a matter similar to how they did for former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and for Mark Zuckerberg.
Deeming Twitter “central to democracy,” Democrat Senator Ed Markey (MA) claimed as he talks about content moderation–a Democrat’s favorite thing.
From the Daily Caller:
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said having a hearing is important since Twitter is “central to democracy.”
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“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, according 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.”
“In terms of what the values are that this company is going to be creating for the new Elon Musk Twitter world, I think that’s actually a necessary role for Congress to play,” he reportedly added.
Dorsey and Zuckerberg silenced conservative voices on their platforms for a decade, marching lockstep with the Democrat establishment to deplatform and silence any and all dissent.
We already know from their questioning of Zuckerberg that when Democrats try to “take on” social media and information company executives, what they are really trying to do is make sure that they step in line. This is something that Musk is unlikely to do.
So what exactly would it matter how Musk answers questions? Would they confiscate the company if he answers them wrong? With the newly minted Ministry of Truth, that may become an option for them.
Musk is not likely to tow the line on Democrat censorship of social media, since his entire reason for buying Twitter was to restore free speech to the platform (as seen below.)
By “free speech”, I simply mean that which matches the law.
I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.
If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.
Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022
It becomes a dangerous situation if they question Musk’s intent with the platform and find him lacking, now that they have the means to silence dissent on Twitter themselves, without needing Dorsey as a middleman.