Zuckerberg, Dorsey to face Senate Republicans furious over Trump loss

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Inc. and Jack Dorsey of Twitter Inc. will face accusations from Republican senators that companies are censoring conservative content, after several social media posts by President Donald Trump claiming that electoral fraud was branded as false or misleading in the wake of the election. Social media chief executives are expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday when they appear in Congress for the second time in a month to defend against accusations of silencing the Tories. The session will likely focus on Twitter and Facebook’s handling of Trump’s statements about the electoral process and results, many of which have been labeled as false or misleading, as well as their handling of an October article in New York. Post that was potentially damaging to Democrat Joe Biden. During a tense hearing that month, Zuckerberg and Dorsey heard complaints that they were trying to tip the scales for Biden in the upcoming election. Now they face a GOP who, for the most part, failed to recognize Biden as president-elect. Censorship complaints aren’t the only political problem for CEOs: Many conservative users are trying a competitor, Parler Inc., which is courting right-wing influencers. Some moving to Parler urge others to follow them there. Social media sites are also to look for clues as to the policies that will be adopted by President-elect Biden, who has expressed concerns about certain corporate practices. Alleged prejudice against conservatives has long been Republicans’ biggest accusation against social media platforms, but the 2020 U.S. election brought those accusations to the fore. Speaking to reporters at the White House two days after the election, Trump himself made baseless statements about “historic election meddling by big media, money and big tech.” Trump contested the election loudly and repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter, and now breaks corporate voting rules almost daily. On Twitter, dozens of Trump’s tweets since election night have been tagged for various rule violations, including sharing misleading information about the results of the vote or attempting to reduce election results. On Sunday, he withdrew from an unspoken concession, tweeting that Biden had only won in the eyes of the media. Facebook has also tagged most of Trump’s posts since the Nov. 3 election, although it tags all political posts, regardless of their precision. Yet some of the recent labels directly contradict statements Trump made about the outcome and read: “Joe Biden is the predicted winner of the 2020 US presidential election.” These labels will likely be a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s hearing. Although published by private companies, many conservatives see them as an attack on free speech, or at least as an effort to diminish the president’s message and limit debate. Many GOP senators, eager to energize their constituents in Georgia’s two Jan. 5 ballots that could hand over control of the Senate to Democrats, doubled down on Trump’s claims about the election, though they largely focused on the role of the media in calling the race and unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud. These include Senators Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Ted Cruz, who sits on the panel. Some Democrats, meanwhile, would prefer Facebook and Twitter to remove Trump’s posts entirely, but both companies have argued that it is in the public interest for people to hear from elected leaders. Zuckerberg argued that the best way to combat disinformation is to have more information – a nod to Facebook banners and labels that click on authoritative election information. These tensions have already surfaced once in recent weeks, when Zuckerberg and Dorsey testified before the Senate Commerce Committee alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Executives at Facebook and Twitter have faced stiff questions about their measures to curb a New York Post article on the international trade relations of Joe Biden’s son. The companies asked about the sources of the story. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original programming covering business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories that change your business and your world. To watch full coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV, and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: Latest news on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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