In recent weeks, Twitter’s new CEO, billionaire Elon Musk, has released internal documents outlining how the company handled content moderation decisions prior to his arrival.
Included in the revealed decisions were the processes by which former U.S. President Donald Trump was banned from the app and how a news story regarding the laptop of Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, was blocked from the social media site.
During a Thursday interview on MidDays with Gerard Gibert, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., expressed his concern with the notion that social media giants were hand-in-hand with the Democratic Party to protect candidates during election cycles.
“What we’ve learned is Twitter was in cahoots with the top officials of the Biden campaign trying to get Vice President Biden elected president and they seemed to have succeeded,” Wicker said.
Wicker accused former Twitter employees of censoring information at the request of the current president’s staff in relation to the Hunter Biden laptop story. The senator believes the story was silenced by the social media giant in order to squash any potential of public outrage against the current administration, especially ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
“What we know is that the Biden administration and the Democratic operatives actually called the people at Twitter and said, ‘You need to stop this.’ There was collusion between the Twitter folks and the Democratic operatives,” Wicker said. “In a race where you lose by half a percent in two or three states, that could have made the difference.”
Twitter blocked the laptop story from being shared on its app after FBI senior intelligence officials signed a letter accusing the content of being “Russian disinformation.” During a Senate hearing following the accusation of foreign disinformation being distributed to disparage Biden’s campaign, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified that he had no knowledge of Russian influence in the article.
Wicker found this to be evidence that a federal agency had also been collaborating with political operatives and social media executives to promote a partisan agenda.
“I asked Jack Dorsey, the head of Twitter, if he had information that the laptop [story] was Russian disinformation. He said he had no such information,” Wicker continued. “If the shoe had been on the other foot and it had been Republicans on the hot seat and a Democrat asking the question, that would have led NBC and CBS news that evening, but it’s all been a matter of the social media kingpins, the decision makers, and the mainstream media being in the tank for the left.”
Watch the full interview with Senator Roger Wicker below.