Facebook and Twitter may not be on the ballot, but they’re getting dragged into the presidential election in its final hours.
The recurring theme from President Donald Trump’s campaign: Blame Big Tech.
Tuesday, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave an interview to Russian state media outlet RT in which he accused tech companies of being “maniacally anti-Trump” and censoring information about Hunter Biden’s business dealings to tip the election to former Vice President Joe Biden. Giuliani claimed the Democratic Party is under Silicon Valley’s thumb.
“They don’t do any censorship to favor Trump. The censorship is against Trump and to elect the guy they control, Joe Biden,” Giuliani said.
His comments echoed Trump’s at a rally on Election Day eve in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Attacking Big Tech, he called Twitter “phony guys who fix the elections.”
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Fueling his ire was the decision by Facebook and Twitter to throttle the spread of the New York Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Trump said Monday that the online platforms promote unflattering media coverage of his administration.
“It’s a fix,” he said.
Lask week, Senate Republicans questioned the heads of Facebook, Twitter and Google on how they police content on their platforms, accusing them of politically motivated bias and suppression and warning them of challenges to decades-old legal protections that shield them from liability for what users post.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai defended their companies’ moderation of conservatives’ posts, including Trump, before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Conservatives have complained for years that social media companies systematically silence the political speech of right-leaning users.
Tech leaders deny any partisanship, saying their policies strike a balance between allowing users to freely express themselves and keeping hate, abuse and misinformation off their platforms.