How closely tied are Big Tech and the Democrats?
We’ve already seen how close, when Twitter basically impeded the spread of the Hunter Biden scandal story in October, just before the election. Not to mention booting people off for conspiracy theories on the right, while being completely cool with four years of conspiracy stories on the left.
But now the marriage of partisan politics and Big Tech was complete today, in the story of the suspension of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
The House was moving to try to expel Greene today. They had about 70 votes, led by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) who claimed that Greene supported “sedition, domestic terrorism, and political violence.” The co-sponsors include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX).
But they didn’t have enough; they don’t even have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who dismissed the action.
“I’m not going to get into that,” the California Democrat told reporters Friday. “Members are very unhappy about what’s happened here. And they can express themselves the way they do. What Mr. Gomez did is his own view. And that is not a leadership position.”
But while they were making this move, Twitter suspended Greene’s account.
JUST IN – Twitter has locked Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene out to her account as Democrats ready resolution to expel her from U.S. Congress.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) March 19, 2021
Greene was locked out of her account for about twelve hours, without explanation, Greene said.
When contacted, Twitter ultimately claimed that her account was locked in “error.”
“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” a spokesperson for the company told CNBC in a statement.
“In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error,” the statement said. “This action has been reversed, and access to the account has been reinstated.”
Naturally Greene had questions about the timing of the “error,” suggesting it was more than a coincidence that it occurred during the House move.
I was just told @Twitter suspended me for 12 hrs in “error,” on the same day Dems introduced a resolution to expel me from Congress.
What a coincidence?
Twitter’s little error wasn’t resolved until after 12 hrs.@jack which employee made the “error?”
Reply to my email, Jack
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) March 19, 2021
Whatever anyone thinks about Marjorie Taylor Greene, it’s not a good thing to see these coincidental “errors” and biases that seem to crop up only to the disadvantage of one side/one party. It’s always a “mistake,” just like the “error” preventing the spread of the Hunter Biden story, which ultimately Twitter admitted was wrong but succeeded in inhibiting its spread and having one of the oldest papers in the country get their Twitter locked for days. Some Democrats who voted for Biden later said they would not have done so, had they been aware of the Hunter Biden story. But too late.
Big Tech really needs to be called on the carpet for this but with Democrats in charge of Congress, that’s unlikely.
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