Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton told “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that he “called Twitter's bluff” by not deleting tweets he said a Twitter employee had told him to remove for violating the company’s policies. “You do have left-wing thought police not only in the New York Times newsroom and in Twitter, but throughout journalism and increasingly at businesses and in policies as well, who were raised in social justice seminars and they think they’re entitled to be protected from any opinion they don’t like,” Cotton said on a Wednesday appearance of Fox and Friends, and went on to reference this week’s failed attempt by NBC News to de-platform The Federalist by colluding with a foreign entity to demonetize the website’s Google ads. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! Copyright © 2020 The Federalist, a wholly independent division of FDRLST Media, All Rights Reserved. Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Or that politics often employs the language of combat as metaphors: campaigns, battleground states, target races, air war and ground war, and so forth. Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Joseph Wulfsohn and Jake Gibson contributed to this report. Twitter’s attempt to de-platform Cotton comes merely two weeks after the New York Times apologized and ousted an opinion editor for publishing an op-ed from Cotton urging the president to “Send In The Troops” over the riots. According to Twitter, the company did indeed reach out to Sen. Cotton’s office. Reach out to Allum Bokhari at his secure email address firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. According to Cotton, the Twitter employee was upset over a June 1 tweet in which the Arkansas Senator called for “no quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.”, And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry—whatever it takes to restore order. Republicans are preparing to release two separate minority reports in response to Democrats after wrapping up a 15-month long investigation on big tech. As the riots engulfed American cities, Twitter chose to censor President Donald Trump over a tweet that Trump later said was about the violence that accompanies looting. However, Bloomberg reported that a Twitter spokesperson said that the tweet was “reported to Twitter and our teams reviewed it within the context in which it was shared, as is standard, and determined it didn’t violate our rules.”. “We waited them out, we called their bluff, for 30 minutes they didn’t lock down my account and within about 2 hours they got back to us and said, ‘OK, you can keep your posts up,'” said Cotton. Big Tech companies are censoring a video posted by a mother whose babies were refused care and left to die, claiming the content violates community guidelines. “We apply the Twitter rules impartially to every account on our service,” the spokesperson reportedly added. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Evidence of both underlying bias and arbitrary censorship continues to mount.’. She gave me only 30 minutes to comply.”, Speaking on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday Cotton said, “We received shifting explanations [and] unclear guidance. Times employees aired their grievances over Cotton’s piece publicly on Twitter collectively writing “Running this puts Black @nytimes staffers in danger,” forcing the legacy paper to cower to its internal woke elites. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would give Americans the ability to sue major tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter if they engage in selective censorship of political speech. He went on to write that “within a few hours” the Twitter employee contacted some of his aides “claiming that my tweet violated the company’s policies.” Cotton added that the employee “issued an ultimatum: delete the tweet or Twitter would permanently lock my account. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. “This was apparently too much for the professional umbrage-takers on Twitter,” he went on to say in the op-ed. "And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry — whatever it takes to restore order. pic.twitter.com/SkESdnYpX2, — Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 13, 2020. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton addresses Democrats' criticism of the JUSTICE Act and allegations of big tech companies censoring conservative speech on 'America's Newsroom.'. Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. He went on to note that his office got a call “out of the blue about a week ago” from “a low-level employee in Twitter’s Washington office” who he said told his aides, “If I didn’t delete tweets they would lock down my account.”, In his Fox News op-ed, Cotton said the tweet was over his comments that “the National Guard and active-duty troops could be called out to support local police if necessary, as happened during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.”.
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