Two Democrats are launching a campaign to bring Twitter (and presumably other platforms will be dragged in) under the oversight and regulation of government. They say that it has become a haven for “divisive communication.”
Democratic Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Emanuel Cleaver said in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, that the social media platform is being “used for the purpose of propagating hate and undermining democracy.” Do they mean that is being used as a “free speech” platform?
And of course, they have even found a way to blame the Russians.
“While we acknowledge that Twitter can be a powerful tool to bring about positive information sharing, we are exceptionally concerned that Twitter is also being used as an avenue to spread racism and bigotry,” stated the Democrats. “As a result of the far-reaching nature of Twitter’s technology, we have seen an effort to undermine our democracy, create or fan flames of racial divisions, and spread hate speech that can ultimately cumulate into violence.”
“If Twitter continues to prove unable or hesitant to grasp the seriousness of this threat and combat the racialized climate that is being stimulated on your platforms, we, as Members of Congress, will be left with little option but to demand for increased regulations and government oversight of this industry to address these problems,”