By Duncan Smith
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is a serious guy and not at all prone to hyperbole.
So, having said that, when he speaks, Americans ought to listen.
And he’s speaking out about the China-style censorship going on at Twitter, that Section 230-protected ‘free speech’ platform that now subjects all users to Politburo-type approval or disapproval of ‘unapproved’ content.
Wolf issued a statement after the platform locked Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan out of his account for a post noting the success of the border wall authorized by Congress and pushed by President Trump.
Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf condemned Twitter's censorship of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan this week over a post celebrating the success of the southern border wall as 'disturbing' threat to national security.
On Wednesday, Morgan's account was locked after the U.S. border chief was prevented from publishing a tweet that the company said was in violation of platform rules governing 'hateful conduct.'
'You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,' Twitter explained in an email upon suspension.
There was nothing “hateful” about Morgan’s post.
Wolf let the platform have it.
'Not only was Twitter's act of censorship – the tweet is supported by data – it is disturbing,' Wolf wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 'As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Federal agencies continue to rely on Twitter to share important information with the U.S. public, your censorship poses a threat to our security.'
This blatant act of censorship comes a) after the platform locked the New York Post out of its own account for more than two weeks following posting of a well-researched, corroborated story documenting corruption involving Joe and Hunter Biden; b) after Dorsey told a Senate panel just this week the platform doesn’t do what it did to Morgan and the Post; and c) ahead of what has become the most consequential election of our time.
Twitter's censoring of factual information poses a threat to national security.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) October 30, 2020
'It is dangerous and damaging,' Wolf added, 'when any publisher arbitrarily and unfoundedly decides, as it did here, that the facts and policies of a particular Presidential Administration constitute 'violence' – in order to censor them.'
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 29, 2020
Twitter and other big tech platforms that were born on, and grew wealthy from, the First Amendment are just begging to be regulated.
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