Cruz questions his Big Tech foe over Twitter’s apparent voter fraud censorship policy
The highly anticipated Round 2 between Senator Ted Cruz and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey’s mano a mano Big Tech cage match occurred over Zoom today, and it did not disappoint viewers as the two scruffy-faced men clashed over the tech giant’s apparent bias position against the voter fraud narrative.
Sen. Cruz did not yell at Dorsey this time, but he did aggressively questioned Dorsey’s company’s practice of placing warning labels on any statement regarding voter fraud.
As of today, Cruz 2 and Dorsey 0.
Cruz: Does voter fraud exist?
Dorsey: I, I don’t know for certain
Cruz: Are you an expert in voter fraud
Dorsey: No I’m not
Cruz: Well why then is Twitter right now putting purported warnings on virtually any statement about voter fraud?
Dorsey: We are simply linking to a broader conversation so people have more information
Cruz: No, no you’re not you put up a page that says quote “voter fraud of any kind is exceedingly rare in the United States” that’s not linking to a broader conversation that’s taking a disputed policy position and you’re a publisher when you’re doing that you’re entitled to take a policy position but you don’t get to pretend you’re not a publisher and get a special benefit under section 230 as a result
Dorsey: That link is pointing to a productive conversation with tweets from publishers and people all around the country
Cruz: Mr. Dorsey does the following statement violates Twitter’s policy? “absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud”
Dorsey: I imagined that we would label it so that people can have more context.
Cruz: How about this quote “third party organizations candidates and political activists voter fraud is particularly possible where quote “third party organizations candidates and political party activists are involved in “handling absentee ballots” would you flag that as potentially misleading?
Dorsey: I don’t you 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
Cruz: 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, and 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
I’m not over there if I tweeted that statement with a link to the indictment would you put a warning on it that says well the Democratic Party position right now is voter fraud doesn’t exist I don’t think it’s useful to get into hypotheticals but I don’t believe so
.@tedcruz to Dorsey: “Are you an expert in voter fraud?”
Dorsey: “No, Im not”
Cruz: “Why is Twitter right now putting purported warnings on virtually any statement about voter fraud…”
“You don't get to pretend you're not a publisher & get a special benefit under Section 230” pic.twitter.com/nPHLzTQoO1
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) November 17, 2020