Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California dismissed a left-wing activist’s call for Congress to drag Elon Musk into testifying about the recent suspension of several journalists from Twitter.
The billionaire entrepreneur angered many on the left when a handful of journalists were suspended Thursday for reporting on an account dedicated to tracking the whereabouts of Musk’s private jet. Musk claimed her reporting of the account was a violation of Twitter’s rules against “doxxing.”
Though some on the left called for Congressional action against Musk, at least one Democrat resisted.
“No. @elonmusk has paid way too much for Twitter and he can basically do whatever he wants with it. The First Amendment prevents Congress from regulating speech on Twitter, a private business. It’s not the government’s job to tell Twitter who to ban and who to suspend or who to get promoted,” Lieu said tweeted.
He then went on to challenge those who called access to Twitter a national security issue.
“Would you have wanted the Trump administration to decide what you can and can’t see on Twitter?” he asked rhetorical.
Among those who commended Lieu for his principled stance on the First Amendment was Christina Pushaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-Fla.) director of rapid response.
“Wow, surprising to see that consistency from a liberal,” she said tweeted.
Sally Buzbee, the Washington Post’s editor-in-chief, issued a statement demanding that her reporter be reinstated on Twitter immediately.
“The suspension of Drew Harwell’s Twitter account directly undermines Elon Musk’s claim that he intends to operate Twitter as a platform for free speech,” he said expression read.
“Harwell was banned from Twitter without warning, procedure or explanation after releasing his accurate coverage of Musk,” she added. “Our journalist should be reinstated immediately.”
Musk has responded to the fallout from the lockdowns by tweeting about it. At one point, he released a poll asking whether those suspended for doxxing should be reinstated immediately, after one day, after seven days, or after more than seven days. A majority of 43% voted for it they should be returned to Twitter immediately.
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CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan’s Twitter account has been suspended after reporting the user’s suspension by Elon Muskwww.youtube.com
https://www.theblaze.com/news/ted-lieu-congress-musk-testify Democrat Ted Lieu shoots dead left-wing activist who urges Congress to force Elon Musk to testify on journalist bans: ‘It’s not government’s role’