Twitter is now taking a prominent member of the GOP to court. Unable to defeat them at the ballot, they’re targeting them in the Justice system. Their crime? Daring to question the leftist silicon-valley giants’ proven efforts to censor conservatives. The Target? Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the man leading the judicial charge against the lawless Biden-Harris Regime. The collusion of the Democrat-Socialist government and the leftists of silicon valley continues to reinforce the repression of cancel-culture.
Politico reported the lawsuit on Monday,
“Twitter on Monday filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, seeking to stop the state’s investigation into its content moderation practices.”
So we have questions:
- If Twitter’s content moderation policies are appropriate and meet legal requirements under section 230, why would they sue to stop the Texas AG from investigating?
- If Twitter has such great faith in the content moderation policies as they’ve stated before Congress again and again, wouldn’t they want to cooperate fully with an investigation and then crow to the heavens that the AG found nothing wrong?
The Investigation By the Texas AG
AG Paxton issued a statement January 13th regarding the investigation of Twitter. It isn’t nearly as generalized as Twitter would like you to think, the goal of the investigation is very specific, its not only about content moderation or even just President Trump’s permanent ban, its also about Parler and big tech’s concerted efforts to kill the free-speech social-media platform.
“Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued civil investigative demands (CIDs) to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Web Services, and Apple, asking the companies for their policies and practices regarding content moderation and, more specifically, for information related to Parler, a social media application recently terminated or blocked by Google, Amazon, and Apple.
For years, these Big Tech companies have silenced voices in the social media sphere and shut down competing companies and platforms. It has only grown worse in recent months. And just last week, this discriminatory action included the unprecedented step of removing and blocking President Donald Trump from online media platforms.
“First Amendment rights and transparency must be maintained for a free online community to operate and thrive. However, the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President of the United States and several leading voices not only chills free speech, it wholly silences those whose speech and political beliefs do not align with leaders of Big Tech companies. Every American should be concerned about this large-scale silencing and the effects it will have on the future of free speech,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The public deserves the truth about how these companies moderate and possibly eliminate speech they disagree with. I am hopeful that these companies will set aside partisan politics and cooperate with these CIDs in order to get to the bottom of this contention and ensure a truly free online community consistent with the highest American ideals.”
Twitter Dares to Claim that Texas Investigation into Twitter’s First Amendment Violations, Violates their First Amendment Rights
Yes, you read that right (don’t worry we also went cross-eyed), you just can’t make this stuff up. Twitter while flagrantly suppressing free-speech on their platform is claiming that Texas AG Ken Paxton’s investigation of their “content moderation” (read; censorship) policies constitutes “retaliation for Twitter’s exercise of its First Amendment rights,”
Twitter’s attorneys said in court documents according to Politico
“Paxton made clear that he will use the full weight of his office, including his expansive investigatory powers, to retaliate against Twitter for having made editorial decisions with which he disagrees,”
“Twitter seeks to stop AG Paxton from unlawfully abusing his authority as the highest law-enforcement officer of the State of Texas to intimidate, harass, and target Twitter in retaliation for Twitter’s exercise of its First Amendment rights,” they continued.
According to the Texas Tribune, in filings Monday, Twitter detailed their suspension of several accounts, including President Trump’s under the guise of what they deemed “false claims” about the Presidential election and the January 6th Capitol Breach. They wrote, “Five days after the president’s Twitter account was suspended on Jan. 8, Paxton issued the civil investigative demands to Twitter and four other tech and social media firms.”
According to The Hill, “The suit hinges around Paxton’s vow to investigate Twitter over its decision to ban Trump from the platform in the wake of the deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol in January.” This is what passes for justice according to social media and big tech, they respond to calls for objective justice, with social justice. Attorney General Paxton watched a grave miscarriage of justice and responded in accordance to his office and the interests of the State of Texas, Twitter acted on a hypocritical political crusade. There is a difference.