On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing with former top executives from Twitter. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the company’s handling of information concerning the interference in the 2020 election and the matter surrounding Joe Biden’s son. This was the first item on the agenda for the newly-controlled Republican House, as they concentrate on the persistent allegations that major technology companies showed prejudice against conservative viewpoints.
Rep. @laurenboebert wipes the floor with Yoel Roth: "You silenced me from communicating with the American people over a fricken' joke. Who the hell do you think you are?" pic.twitter.com/46UmTRV7RC
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) February 8, 2023
During the hearing, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert raised the issue of her previously suspended Twitter account and asked Yoel Roth, a former Twitter executive, if he was responsible for “shadow-banning” her account. Roth denied the accusation, but Boebert immediately challenged his response by revealing that her account was suspended due to a humorous tweet about Hillary Clinton being upset she couldn’t manipulate her own election. Boebert expressed her frustration with Roth, asking, “You silenced me from communicating with the American people over a fricken’ joke. Who the hell do you think you are?”
I received this document from Twitter staff last night.
It shows that Twitter 1.0 executives shadow banned me as a sitting Member of Congress.
If they did that to me, imagine the millions of Americans that will never know they were silenced by these woke execs. pic.twitter.com/w9iHeIa9iF
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) February 8, 2023
BREAKING: Lauren Boebert catches Yoel Roth in a lie after he denied being involved with the suspension of her Twitter account.
What happens to people who lie under oath?
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 8, 2023
The exchange quickly gained widespread attention on social media, eliciting a strong reaction from many people who were outraged by Roth’s actions. Collin Rugg tweeted, “BREAKING: Lauren Boebert catches Yoel Roth in a lie after he denied being involved with the suspension of her Twitter account. What happens to people who lie under oath?”
The hearing was a potent demonstration of the influence of social media and the significance of honesty in public discourse. It is evident that the newly-controlled Republican House will persist in addressing the persistent allegations that major technology companies showed prejudice against conservative viewpoints. The encounter between Boebert and Roth was a testament to the accountability of social media companies and the critical role of truthfulness in public discourse.
The hearing also highlighted the importance of free speech and open dialogue on social media platforms. Boebert’s tweet was a joke about Hillary Clinton and it was wrong for Twitter to suspend her account for it. This incident serves as a reminder that social media companies should not be allowed to censor speech or interfere with open dialogue.
The moment between Boebert and Roth was an important reminder of the power of social media and the importance of truthfulness in public discourse. It is clear that the newly-Republican-controlled House will continue to focus on long-standing claims that major tech companies exhibited a bias against conservatism and that social media companies should not be allowed to censor speech or interfere with open dialogue.
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