Ted Cruz trends on Twitter for ‘destroying’ tech CEO during hearing
Senator Ted Cruz really hates Twitter — but the platform sure loves having him around.
When the Texas legislator excoriated Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate Judiciary Hearing on social media censorship Tuesday, Cruz shot to number 12 on its trending list as the public reveled in his second brutal attack against the tech giant.
“Wow, @tedcruz just asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to define what a “publisher” is then used his own response to DESTROY his entire argument and expose Twitter’s blatant censorship of conservatives. What a moment,” Dinesh D’Souza tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“Ted Cruz absolutely just destroyed Jack Dorsey,” wrote @Real_Defender.
“@tedcruz is taking Twitter to task. I hope y’all are watching,” added Gianno Caldwell.
“Fierce Cruz is on fire and Dorsey is just LOST,” said Allan K Jensen.
Most Twitter denizens were referring to a heated back and forth between Cruz and Dorsey in which the lawmaker read out statements from the Carter Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform and asked the tech honcho if he’d flag the tweets.
“Mr. Dorsey would the following statement violate Twitter’s policies: quote absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud?” Cruz demanded.
“I imagine that we would label it so people can have more context,” Dorsey replied.
“How about this quote… voter fraud is particularly possible where quote third party organizations, candidates and political party activists are involved in quote handling absentee ballots. Would you flag that as potentially misleading?” Cruz continued.
“I don’t know the specifics of how we might enforce that but I imagine a lot of these would have a label pointing people to a bigger conversation,” Dorsey returned.
“Well you’re right you would label them because you’ve taken the political position right now that voter fraud doesn’t exist. I would note both of those quotes come from the Carter Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, that is Democratic President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker,” Cruz thundered.
“Twitter’s position is essentially voter fraud does not exist. Are you aware that just two weeks ago in the state of Texas a woman was charged with 134 counts of election fraud. Are you aware of that?” Cruz continued.
“I’m not aware of that,” Dorsey said in a demure tone.
Cruz then said he was going to tweet out the Texas story with a copy of the indictment to test how Twitter would respond to it and sent another two “test” tweets on voter fraud to see if Twitter would flag or otherwise censor the messages. A little over an hour after the tweets were sent, they are yet to be flagged.
Dorsey and Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg were called to testify before the committee after their companies came under a firestorm of criticism for blocking The Post’s exposé on Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China.
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