Questions and concerns about the role and responsibility social media play reached a tipping point this past week.
Twitter flagged tweets by President Trump after the social media giant said he promoted unsubstantiated claims that mail-in ballots can lead to voter fraud. The company went on to flag the President’s tweet on looting following the Floyd protests.
The President responded by signing an executive order that looked to corral legal immunity for social media companies, affording them in the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Allies of the President praised the move, which they see as an attempt to curtail anti-conservative bias in Silicon Valley.
Critics of Twitter’s censorship policies say the platform selectively enforces their policies, often leading to the silencing and removal of conservative and Republican voices.
Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney and former mayor of New York City, spoke from experience when he told The Cats Roundtable that Twitter targets conservatives. He cited tweets he had made about Senator Elizabeth Warren that were reported, but ultimately they did not violate the terms of service. He said it was clear that the whole mechanism was trying to “frighten” conservatives, even as users “say much worse things about President Trump and they don’t take it down.”
He told The Cats Roundtable “the worst part” of the saga that prominent Democrats are not being “fact-checked” the same way the President has been.
“They never did it for Biden, they never did it for Adam Schiff, they never did it for Nancy Pelosi,” Giuliani said.
“If they’re going to do it, if they’re going to take up the job of fact-checking just the President and nobody else, then they just become a political operation,” he told The Cats Roundtable.
Giuliani joined the chorus of critics who say Twitter’s decision to take a step into controlling its content opens it up to civil litigation, like other publishers.
As for the content of the President’s tweet itself, Giuliani was clear that voter fraud is a much more persistent problem than many let on, citing his own experience combating voter-fraud in his 1993 Mayoral run.
As well, on May 21st, a former south Philadelphia judge pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for inflating the vote numbers for Democratic candidates in 2014 and 2016.
“Trump said there’s a lot of voter fraud. That’s not untrue—it’s true,” Giuliani explained. “Everybody involved in politics knows it.”
Listen to the interview below