During a House Intelligence Committee hearing into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, Twitter General Counsel Sean Edgett brazenly admitted that Twitter censors Infowars stories in favor of mainstream media.
Edgett was asked by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) why an Infowars storyabout New York Mayor Mike De Blasio ignoring warnings from an Imam about terrorist radicalization in New York appeared at the top of the #NYCTerroristAttack hashtag during the vehicle attack in Manhattan last week.
“This is a real-time example of when we talk about this information being weaponized, how quickly can you act and what’s your responsibility to set the record straight so that the people who saw this know that it’s fake news?” asked Quigley, adding that Twitter needed to prevent Infowars “spreading like some sort of virus through the legitimate world.”
Twitter Sean Edgett responded by telling Quigley, “The system self-corrected, that shouldn’t be the first tweet you see anymore, it should be a USA Today article,” before going on to assure the Congressman that only “verified accounts” and “accurate information and reporting” (in other words mainstream media only) would be seen in future.
Infowars was also attacked on Sunday when the media started a pressure campaign to have Google de-list my tweets from appearing in search results about breaking news stories. Google responded by saying they would “make some changes” to ensure this didn’t happen again.
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