Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, once again defends his decisions for the moderation of the platform.
Summoned again by US senators, Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, plans to tell them on Tuesday that the social network did not moderate the posts during the election based on prejudices against the conservatives, contrary to claims many Republicans. "With the approach of the 2020 polls, we have improved our rules significantly to protect the integrity of the elections," said the boss in his preliminary remarks, according to extracts obtained by AFP. "We added notifications to provide context and limit the risk of election-damaging disinformation (...) because the public wanted us to take these steps."
Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, are to be heard Tuesday, for the second time in less than a month, on the role of social networks in the public debate in the United States. The Senate Judiciary Commission, under Republican control, wants to address "the management of the 2020 election", and the "censorship" of which Donald Trump and his allies consider themselves victims. The rules of the network have led him to pin many tweets from the American president - followed by nearly 89 million users - who refuses to concede victory to Democrat Joe Biden and accuses States of fraud. A note saying "This election fraud claim is disputed" appears under numerous tweets from the White House tenant.
"Our teams are learning and improving the way we face these challenges and earn the trust of our users"
Facebook, Twitter and their competitors all struggled during the election campaign to stem the tide of disinformation and problematic content but claim to remain true to their stated ambitions to give everyone the opportunity to express themselves. According to Jack Dorsey, his company continues to seek the right balance. "We want to be very clear: we do not consider that our work on this theme is finished", he must say on Tuesday. "Our teams are learning and improving the way we face these challenges and gain the trust of our users."
The chairman of the commission, Lindsey Graham, intends in particular to address the decision by the two networks to limit the online circulation of articles from the conservative daily New York Post, which claimed to provide evidence on a corruption case involving Democrat Joe Biden, about two weeks before the presidential election. On October 28, the two leaders of Silicon Valley had already been heard, with Sundar Pichai, the boss of Google (and therefore of YouTube), on the legal immunity enjoyed by online hosts for content posted by users. Some senators complained on this occasion that social networks had become "arbiters of the truth", biased against Republicans.