Twitter, Facebook CEO Slammed Over US Election Content Bias
Twitter and Facebook’s CEOs have been slammed over the social media giants’ influence in the US elections, with Twitter pressed on allegations of upholding different content standards for Trump and Biden.
Reported by FOX News, Senator Ted Cruz aggressively questioned Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, over claims the platform improperly censored reports which negatively reflected Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
It comes after Twitter limited access to New York Post Twitter stories about Biden’s son’s overseas business dealings – justified by a policy against hacking stories which were deemed to be the source of the articles.
Cruz slammed Dorsey asserting the same policy was not applied to Trump over leaked tax returns.
The hearing was conducted by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, over the liability of social media platforms for statements made on their platform. Dorsey was joined by Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
Mr Zuckerberg was grilled over allegations that a Facebook election integrity official used to be a policy adviser for Biden – a fact he was “not aware.”
The Senate Committee questioned Zuckerberg over balance and bias when a person involved in the platform’s election integrity initiative was a former Biden staffer.
Zuckerberg affirmed that the platform aims to maintain balance, and will follow up on the involvement of the former Biden staffer within Facebook’s integrity processes.