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Congressmen renew demand for Twitter's internal docs regarding Trump censorship, content moderation

Tech company has engaged in "systematic viewpoint-based discrimination," they claim.

Published: March 6, 2021 10:58am

Updated: March 6, 2021 1:55pm

Two Republican representatives are renewing a demand that Twitter hand over internal documents regarding its decisions to censor and moderate content on its platforms, accusing the tech company of harboring significant bias against a large part of its user base. 

Reps. Jim Jordan and Ken Buck claimed in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this week that Twitter itself has played "a leading role in silencing and censoring political speech of conservative Americans." The letter repeats a request that Jordan lodged last summer with which Twitter reportedly did not comply. 

"In recent months, Twitter throttled the dissemination of a mainstream newspaper article critical of then-candidate Joe Biden's son," they wrote in the letter, "and later took the unprecedented step of de-platforming the sitting President of the United States. If Twitter can do this to the President of the United States, it can do it to any American for any reason."

The politicians demanded that Twitter hand over "an accounting of all content moderation decisions made by Twitter over the past year for users located within the United States, including which Twitter rule or policy the user allegedly violated and the content of the moderated tweet," as well as "all documents and communications" related to its decision to censor several of then-President Donald Trump's tweets last year. 

The congressmen gave Dorsey a deadline of Mar. 18.

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