U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai remarked specifically on Twitter’s double standards in censorship, during hearings, as well as other social media platforms such as Facebook.
He also blasted Cher.
The exposure & illumination of Twitter’s malicious activities come on the heels of the Net Neutrality debate.
Anyway, the criticism of this plan comes from more than just Hollywood. I’m also well aware that some in Silicon Valley have criticized it. Twitter, for example, has said that it strongly opposes it and “will continue to fight for an open Internet, which is indispensable to free expression, consumer choice, and innovation.”
Now look: I love Twitter, and I use it all the time. But let’s not kid ourselves; when it comes to an open Internet, Twitter is part of the problem. The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate. As just one of many examples, two months ago, Twitter blocked Representative Marsha Blackburn from advertising her Senate campaign launch video because it featured a pro-life message. Before that, during the so-called Day of Action, Twitter warned users that a link to a statement by one company on the topic of Internet regulation “may be unsafe.” And to say the least, the company appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users. This conduct is many things, but it isn’t fighting for an open Internet.
Pai specifically pointed out that platforms like Twitter, despite their language espousing free expression, use their position of power to selectively suppress dissent or unpopular information.