Liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald says Democrats are threatening social media platforms if their censorship demands are unmet.
Greenwald was involved in a Twitter discussion with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk asked Alex Berenson, a journalist who Twitter suspended for tweets about the COVID-19 vaccine but was this week reinstated, what efforts the government made to censor particular 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 tweeted, including a link to a Rumble video he posted about the issue.
Greenwald added that most of the pressure comes from congressional Democrats.
“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 been a vocal critic of censorship on social media. NewsBusters reported that Greenwald slammed Facebook for censoring COVID-19 vaccine 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. I sought out dissenting opinion, and I was convinced that the consensus was probably right that taking the vaccine was the best thing to do. 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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