Of all of the social media platforms, Twitter has currently been particularly aggressive in disputing inaccurate election-related posts and hiding messages. That means Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief government, could face explicit fireplace whereas testifying in entrance of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about social media and censorship.
President Trump and different Republican leaders have claimed for months — and more and more vocally in latest days — that Mr. Dorsey has unfairly cracked down on them. They have threatened to roll again authorized protections for Twitter and different social media platforms.
They are doubtless practice their ire on two latest developments. One was Twitter’s resolution final month to prohibit customers from sharing an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter. Twitter restricted the sharing of the article greater than Facebook did, drawing cries of censorship from Republicans.
The different focus is more likely to be Twitter’s dealing with of election-related content material and, specifically, how the corporate has appeared to tightly average Mr. Trump and different conservatives. Between Election Day and Nov. 5, Twitter labeled 38 p.c of Mr. Trump’s 29 tweets and retweets as disputed or deceptive, in accordance with a New York Times tally. Some of the tweets have been hidden from view.
Last week, Twitter mentioned it had labeled 300,000 tweets associated to the presidential election as disputed, or 0.2 p.c of the overall on the topic. It additionally mentioned the variety of folks quote-tweeting messages had dropped 29 p.c within the wake of its efforts to discourage the sharing of misinformation.
“We want to be very clear that we do not see our job in this space as done,” Mr. Dorsey mentioned in ready testimony for the listening to. “Our work here continues, and our teams are learning and improving how we address these challenges and earn the trust of the people who use Twitter. I look forward to continuing to work with you on solutions and building the guideposts for the future internet.”
This will likely be Mr. Dorsey’s fourth look in entrance of lawmakers lately. Last month, he testified earlier than the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation together with Google’s chief government, Sundar Pichai, and Facebook’s chief government, Mark Zuckerberg.
Mr. Dorsey was requested probably the most questions at that listening to, with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and different Republican leaders grilling him over his resolution to restrict sharing of the New York Post article. Twitter later reversed its resolution, permitting folks to put up hyperlinks to the article.
On Tuesday, Twitter additionally launched Fleets, a function that enables customers to tweet ephemeral messages. People can put up photographs or textual content to their Twitter pages briefly, with the put up mechanically deleting itself 24 hours later.