DORSEY in hot seat as SENATE grills TECH CEOs — POLL: Voters fear ‘violence’ after election — GOOGLE hire TAYLOR is ‘Anonymous’ — TRUMP hits CALIFORNIA mask rules By JEREMY B. WHITE , CARLA MARINUCCI , GRAPH MASSARA and MACKENZIE HAWKINS 10/29/2020 09:13 AM EDT Presented by UnitedHealth Group THE BUZZ: Six days before Election Day, Big Tech CEOs had their turn in the barrel — especially Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
Silicon Valley has weathered intense political pressure this presidential cycle, and the small-d democratic stakes are high. Voters increasingly form their views based on what they see from a small cluster of California-born companies that dominate the information economy. Those platforms are trying harder this cycle to clamp down on misinformation and to put guardrails around political speech.
Twitter has taken a particularly aggressive stance that has included banning ads , limiting retweets and slapping labels on baseless and misleading tweets from President Donald Trump. That has infuriated Republicans, who have long accused social media companies of anti-conservative bias — as they did this month over Twitter’s temporary censorship of a New York Post story on Hunter Biden that was promoted by Trump and his allies. Senator after senator […]