Glenn Greenwald, a liberal journalist claims that Democrats threaten social media platforms to stop them from complying with their demands for censorship.
Greenwald took part in a Twitter chat with Tesla CEO Elon. Musk asked Alex Berenson (a journalist suspended by Twitter for tweets regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, but this week restored), what government efforts were made to suppress certain views online.
“Can you say more about this: ‘…pressures that the government may have placed on Twitter …’” Musk tweeted in response to Berenson’s statement following his reinstatement. Musk’s interest seems to be associated with his recent purchase of the platform.
Greenwald responded, saying Democrats have “escalated” and “made more explicit” their threats to Big Tech platforms that they will take action if the platforms do not adhere to the censorship demands.
“As late as February of this year, Congressional Democrats and, increasingly, the executive branch have escalated and made more explicit their threats that legal and regulatory reprisals will be imposed if their censorship demands are not heeded,” he tweetedHere is the link, along with a link for a Rumble video about the subject.
Greenwald stated that congressional Democrats are the most pressured.
“Much (if not most) of the most controversial and consequential political censorship of the internet is the result of threats, coercion and demands from Congressional Democrats, not from tech companies themselves,” he said.
Greenwald has voiced concern about social media censorship. NewsBusters reports that Greenwald criticised Facebook’s censorship of COVID-19 vaccination information.
“When the vaccine is available where I live, I’m going to get it, my family’s going to take it as well,” Greenwald said in an interview with Tucker Carlson. “I used the free and open internet to look at what experts were saying. To find dissenting opinions, I decided that I believed the consensus that the vaccination was the best decision. But if the internet were a place where no dissent were allowed, I would have way less confidence in that ability because that would mean this is a profession that isn’t confident enough to allow dissent, and if they’re not confident enough to allow dissent, I think that they earn much less trust and faith in their pronouncements.”
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