Democrats are looking for ways to go after Twitter following the acquisition of the social media platform by tech mogul and self-proclaimed freedom of speech-absolute Elon Musk.
“I think a lot of people are talking about the concerns that they have with a takeover here of Mr. Musk,” said Senator Alejandro Padilla, California Democrat and member of the Judiciary Committee.
“It will be pursued in the Senate and more talks as it comes up, but I think it will be investigated,” he told The Washington Times.
Late. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the State Department, said he may be concerned about Twitter’s new ownership and that the sale should be “reviewed.”
Late. Gary Peters of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also wants to evaluate Twitter since Mr. Musk’s acquisition of the site for over $ 43 billion on Monday.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday worried that “a billionaire – whose estimated net worth has grown about 10 times since the beginning of the pandemic – is having the power to determine how millions of people can communicate with each other.”
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“It is dangerous for our democracy to have so much power in so few hands,” she wrote on Twitter.
Late. Mark Warner of Virginia told reporters that “I think there will be those of us who feel that 230 needs to be reformed or dropped,” he said, referring to a general legal immunity measure that protects social media companies from becoming responsible. for the content their users post.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at Monday’s press briefing that President Biden “has long been concerned about the power of major social media platforms, the power they have over our everyday lives … and argued that technological platforms shall be held liable for any damage they cause. “
She added that Mr Biden has been a “strong supporter of fundamental reforms to achieve this goal”, including reforms to section 230.
Mr. Musk tweeted Tuesday, in response to those who opposed his ownership of Twitter, that “extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all.”
In a subsequent tweet, he says that when he refers to “freedom of speech”, he means it, “which matches the law. I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less freedom of speech, they will ask the government to adopt laws for that purpose. Therefore, going beyond the law is against the will of the people. “
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Late. John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana and a member of the Judiciary Committee, told The Times he hopes Mr. Musk improves Twitter.
“You may well consider what you think. I think Twitter is governed by a bunch of left-leaning wake cupcakes, and the censored opinions that they do not like,” Mr. Kennedy said. “I hope Mr. Musk can protect the first amendment. “