Holding Big Tech Accountable After social media companies banned some Republicans, including former President Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga), for spreading dangerous lies about COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election, the GOP became a big issue. ,
Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, has been particularly vocal about the issue, supporting legislation to crack down on tech companies.
“Diversity of ideas is the lifeblood of our democracy. And yet that fundamental American value is under attack by Big Tech – institutions that have wielded more power and more control over speech than any other institution in history.” ,” the House minority leader mourned in a statement after Greene “permanently suspended” her on Twitter. ,
“His recent decision to silence Americans — including a current member of Congress and well-known physician — who share a different view from the political and media elite, has a real-world cost to them,” he said.
But McCarthy took the opposite view a year earlier, in the days following the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
According to an upcoming book by two New York Times reporters, McCarthy privately told fellow GOP lawmakers that he wants social media companies to strip more Republicans from their accounts, as Twitter and Facebook did with Trump. .
“Can’t they take away their Twitter accounts too?” McCarthy is quoted as saying.
McCarthy’s spokesperson denied reporting, telling the Times that McCarthy “never said that particular members should be removed from Twitter.”
But Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns said on Thursday they had found an audio recording corroborating McCarthy’s remarks.
McCarthy’s credibility is seriously under question after another flat denial of comment about Trump’s culpability over the January 6 attack on the Capitol fell into serious question. McCarthy told GOP lawmakers that she intended to recommend Trump’s resignation – comments that were also recorded.