As Written By Rick Moran for the American Thinker:
FCC chairman Ajit Pai accused Twitter and other tech companies of hypocritically calling for an “open internet” while they “routinely block or discriminate against content they don’t like.”
Pai called out the social media companies as part of his bid to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.
Pai argued that it’s actually the “edge providers,” the FCC’s term for services like Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Facebook (FB, Tech30), that “are a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint.”
Pai, a Republican commissioner appointed to head the agency by President Trump, specifically called out Twitter for appearing to have a “double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users.
He did not specify which conservative accounts he was referring to. Twitter recently removed the verification from several prominent users, including controversial conservative commentator Laura Loomer and white nationalists like Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler.
Pai also criticized Twitter for briefly blocking a campaign ad from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representing Tennessee.
“When it comes to a free and open internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” Pai said.
A spokesperson for Twitter said the ad was not censored. “Anyone voluntarily following her account could see it, as is their choice as a consumer when they choose to follow her,” the spokesperson said. “Because advertisements are served to users who do not……
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