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Josh Hawley: We should break up Twitter

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Missouri Senator Josh Hawley criticized Twitter’s new privacy policy, saying it would leave the tech giant more room to censor conservative voices in Fox News primetime on Tuesday.

“We should break them up,” said Hawley. “Ultimately, here’s the deal: the last thing America needs is another big-tech robber baron who doesn’t care about free speech, and that’s exactly what Twitter gives us.”

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing investigating Texas’ abortion law on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool / Getty Images)
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If Twitter receives a message via an “unauthorized private medium”, Twitter can now proceed against images that have been posted without express consent, even if they are shared “without explicitly abusive content”. The move will take place immediately after the resignation of the former CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Jack Dorsey at the Bitcoin 2021 Convention, a cryptocurrency conference held at the Mana Convention Center in Wynwood, Miami, Florida on June 4, 2021.  (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Jack Dorsey at the Bitcoin 2021 Convention, a cryptocurrency conference held at the Mana Convention Center in Wynwood, Miami, Florida on June 4, 2021. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

“Abuse of private media can affect anyone, but it can have a disproportionate impact on women, activists, dissidents and members of minorities. If we get a message that a tweet contains unauthorized private media, we will now be under our range of enforcement options, “Twitter said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I promise you, what it won’t mean, the people whose privacy is not being protected are normal Americans who want to express their views, especially if they are conservative. I promise you your privacy isn’t respected, you … I’ll be censored anyway, “Hawley said.

This April 26, 2017 photo shows the Twitter app icon on a Philadelphia cell phone.  Twitter said on Thursday, July 11, 2019 that it is investigating an issue with its service.  Users in the US and elsewhere cannot access Twitter.  (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

This April 26, 2017 photo shows the Twitter app icon on a Philadelphia cell phone. Twitter said on Thursday, July 11, 2019 that it is investigating an issue with its service. Users in the US and elsewhere cannot access Twitter. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)
((AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

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“It’s the classic what the left has become, rules for you but not for me… They don’t follow their own standards – they never do, you write it down. You’re not following any of the rules anywhere. You just make it up over time. And worst of all, you can’t go to court to get it done. Currently, Twitter has immunity, so if they violate your Terms of Service, there is nothing you can do about it. We should change that. You should be able to sue in court. And the other thing we should do is dissolve it. “

Hawley also puts Twitter’s new privacy policy in the context of how Twitter makes its money. Twitter tracks the private phone usage of its users.

“Let’s just remember what Twitter does … to make their money. They follow us on the internet, everywhere they go, they collect a dossier about us. They sell our information, they benefit from us. I promise you will not stop doing any of this. “

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