The mainstream media has been on a crusade to get right-wing talk show host Alex Jones silenced from all the major social media networks. Most have complied.
Twitter held out for a while but finally gave Jones a week-long suspension on their platform, according to Vox. Flush with victory, NBC News immediately moved to a bigger target to censor: President Trump.
NBC’s Lester Holt grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday about why they allow any “hate speech” to remain before shifting to a tweet Trump sent out about fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who wrote a scathing but highly disputed “tell-all” book about Trump’s administration.
In the tweet on Tuesday, Trump wrote, “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
“Would that violate your terms of service?” Holt asked Dorsey pointedly.
“We do have a clause within our terms of service around public interest and around newsworthiness,” the Twitter CEO replied. “We believe it’s important for the world to hear directly from global leaders — how they think and how they treat the people around them. We think that’s an important conversation to have. We think that it’s an important understanding to have.”
“You don’t make a distinction, however, over policy — talking about taxes or tariffs — versus calling a person a dog?” Holt accused.
“We make an understanding of who is actually saying that, whether they are a global leader, whether they are a public figure, and whether this should be something that should be reported on or should be talked about,” Dorsey explained.
But Holt kept after him.
“Do you make a distinction between threatening or abusive language versus a policy statement the president might issue?” the NBC host insisted.
For the third time, the Twitter CEO had to explain, “In this particular case, we go toward the global leader clause, the public interest and newsworthiness. And we believe that it’s important to see this conversation and be able to have a conversation about it. We believe it’s important to understand how our global leaders are thinking and how they treat people around them.”
The reality, too, seems to be that if Twitter punished everyone who name-called on their network, then Twitter, for the most part, would cease to exist.
Trump critics like TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, comedian Chelsea Handler, pop star Madonna, and comedian Amy Schumer have often called Trump insulting names on social media networks and TV. Trump has often dished it right back at them, because as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained on Tuesday, he “fights fire with fire.”
Holt didn’t question Dorsey on why he allows any of that to remain on Twitter, as well as a massive amount of name-calling and insults that fill Twitter feeds on a daily basis.