Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made a powerful point about the censorship of conservatives on social media during a hearing on Wednesday, asking Twitter employees about “hate speech.”
In one notable exchange, Cruz asked Twitter if a quote from Mother Teresa about abortion is “hate speech” as the social network suspended a user for posting it.
“Here is a tweet that says, ‘Abortion is profoundly anti-women,” and it’s a quote from Mother Teresa, and this tweet was blocked,” Cruz said. “It is fairly remarkable that Mother Teresa is now deemed hate speech.”
Cruz then asked the Twitter executives bluntly if they believe Mother Teresa is hate speech.
They couldn’t even muster a response. The room went completely silent.
Watch the incredible moment below:
Twitter has also come under fire for censoring the pro-life movie "Unplanned" and suspending their account.
A spokesperson for Twitter told Congress the account was suspended on accident, something that seems to happen repeatedly to conservatives.
"In the recent instance regarding the account @UnplannedMovie, the account was caught in our automated systems used to detect ban evasion,” the Twitter spokesperson said. “Ban evasion occurs when an individual registers for a new account despite having been suspended previously for breaking our rules."
He claimed the account was then restored "as soon as it was brought to our attention that the new account was not intended for similar violative activity."
Cruz later went on Fox News to discuss his exchange with Twitter. Watch the interview below:
This is a serious problem.