As my RS colleagues Bonchie and Streiff reported yesterday, the Big Tech CEOs for Facebook, Twitter, and Google got their a**es handed to them during a Senate hearing Wednesday in which the companies were blasted for their selective censorship of stories like the blockbuster reporting from the New York Post on Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails that were discovered on it.
But even though Twitter head honcho Jack Dorsey came across as sufficiently chastened by what was discussed at the hearing, as of this writing the NY Post still cannot access their Twitter account. The account has been “dark” since the last tweets were posted there on October 14th, which is the day Twitter decided to pull the rug out from underneath the iconic New York newspaper’s ability to tweet out links to their news articles.
The paper has reportedly been told that the only way they can get access restored to their account is if they delete the “offending” tweets about Hunter Biden. Understandably, the editors have refused to do so.
But just in the last couple of days, another path forward to restore the access to the Post’s account may have been revealed. What does the paper have to do to get the all-clear from Twitter’s hall monitors? Apparently, be a world leader who tweets death threats and/or something anti-Semitic, that’s what:
.@jack allows this on his platform but blocks the @nypost, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, from accessing its own account because it published thus-far undisputed reporting against Jack’s preferred presidential candidate. https://t.co/SehXtuJe5D
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) October 29, 2020
— Thomas Chatterton Williams 🌍 🎧 (@thomaschattwill) October 29, 2020
— Razor (@hale_razor) October 29, 2020
If the New York Post wants to get its Twitter account back, it apparently needs to threaten a second Holocaust. At Twitter, foreign calls for genocide are kosher, while American journalism is verboten. https://t.co/wUI5xTCNRN
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 29, 2020
Not that the paper would want to do something like that, nor should they. But it’s rather interesting to see what types of tweets Dorsey and the rest of the former Democratic aides at Twitter feel are appropriate and suitable material for users of their social media platform to read versus what they don’t.
Why, it’s almost like they operate on the same “standards” the mainstream media does when it comes to Republicans and conservative-leaning news outlets versus everyone else: There are multiple conflicting standards for Republicans and conservative-leaning news outlets and none for Democrats and pretty much anyone else.
Though still locked out of their Twitter account, the Post is still fighting-mad and using their editorial pages to give Twitter, FB, and all the rest hell and then some:
For all their talk of “neutral platforms,” the Big Shots at Big Tech — Twitter, Facebook and Google — are running a protection racket. They figure they can dictate what Americans get to see and read, and what other media companies must do to reach the public via those platforms.
Besides, if [locking the account and throttling the story] was an honest error, then why do they only happen to one side? As Sen. Marsha Blackburn noted, Twitter has “censored” President Trump 65 times and Joe Biden zero. “There is a pattern of subjective manipulation of information.”
Indeed. They know exactly what they’re doing.
(Hat tip: Twitchy)