Twitter facing Trump’s wrath over blocking of campaign account

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Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey look in serious trouble after temporarily blocking the Team Trump campaign account.

The Twitter notice put on Team Trump said the account had violated Twitter’s “rules against posting private information”, citing a tweet that accused the Democratic presidential nominee of being a “liar” and “ripping off our country for years”. The tweet also included a link to what Hahn said was a video related to the New York Post cover story on Wednesday, which revealed emails from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Twitter and Facebook both faced the fury of Trump’s Republican Party Wednesday after restricting the sharing of the New York Post story.

The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a plan to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google for a hearing on the legal immunities that protect the biggest social media brands.

The hearing will focus on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech giants like Twitter from being held liable for the content their users post, and how they moderate it. The panel’s top Democrat Maria Cantwell, who last week opposed the move saying she was against using “the committee’s serious subpoena power for a partisan effort 40 days before an election”, changed her mind and voted to approve the move.

“I actually can’t wait to ask Mr Zuckerberg further questions,” Cantwell said. “I welcome the debate about 230.”

In addition, The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Tuesday whether to authorise subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before the committee on October 23.

Ted Cruz, who chairs Judiciary panel’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, said Dorsey will be asked to address “why Twitter is abusing their corporate power to silence the press and to cover up allegations of corruption”.

US President Donald Trump, who appeared surprised by the news of his campaign account being locked, told Fox Business in an interview on Thursday that “it’s going to all end up in a big lawsuit”.

“And there are things that can happen that are very severe that I’d rather not see happen,” Trump added. “But it’s probably going to have to.”

The Republican National Committee on Thursday baited Dorsey over his censorship of the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s emails by posting a video nearly nine minutes long that scrolls through the story.

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