The following Press Release was sent out by Congressman Russ Fulcher (R). Note: Press Releases sent out by elected officials do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Serving on the House Republican Big Tech, Censorship, and Data Task Force, Congressman Fulcher joined Task Force Leader McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and his task force colleagues in a letter to Twitter Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal pressing him to clarify how he will end censorship of conservatives, uphold the First Amendment, and ensure the company does not interfere in future elections.
The new CEO of Twitter, Parag Agrawal, assumed the position on November 29, 2021. Many have expressed concern over his behavior as CEO, particularly his comment made in an interview last year, that Twitter should, “focus less on thinking about free speech.”
The Members write, “As you know, Twitter enjoys liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Unfortunately, Twitter has abused these privileges time and again. Despite your past comments supporting censorship, we remain hopeful that your time leading Twitter will be spent working to uphold the ideals that made your platform’s success possible and that have made our country the most prosperous in the world.”
Congressman Fulcher added, “It’s not Mr. Agrawal’s decision to ignore free speech rights guaranteed for each and every American—these are not up for debate. Mr. Agrawal must choose between honoring every American’s right to free speech on his platform or forfeiting Twitter’s liability protections under Section 230 of the CDA. Twitter cannot continue to censor conservative speech while hiding behind Section 230. Mr. Agrawal simply cannot have it both ways.”
Additional signers of the letter are Reps. Buddy Carter (GA-01), Bob Latta (OH-05), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Michael Cloud (TX-27), Jake LaTurner (KS-02), Ben Cline (VA-06), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Tim Walberg (MI-07).
Complete text of the signed letter can be found here.
Tags: First Amendment, McMorris Rodgers, Russ Fulcher, Twitter