Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) made Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey squirm as he read out tweets from notorious racist, verified Twitter “blue checkmark,” and New York Times hire Sarah Jeong, which have yet to be deleted or otherwise acted upon by Twitter.
Speaking to Dorsey at a session of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Mullin brought up the double standard evident in the case of Jeong, who repeatedly published tweets about white people that would have been banned under Twitter’s hate speech rules had they been said about any other race.
Rep. Mullin noted that when conservative activist Candace Owens swapped out “white” for another group, she received a temporary suspension from Twitter, despite the fact that her tweets were intended to highlight the racism in Jeong’s.
Rep. Mullin repeated many of Jeong’s now-infamous tweets, including her complaint that white people “marking up the internet like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” that she receives “joy” from being “cruel to old white men,” and that whites are “logically … only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.”
Dorsey responded that Twitter “made a mistake” only to be interrupted by Rep. Mullin.
“I’ve heard you say that multiple times; ‘we’ve made a mistake, we’ve made a mistake’ and you’ve been very polite at doing it, but the fact is it’s bigger than a mistake, It’s the environment which I think Twitter has. My point of the first question was, does that fit your political views [which] your company is following, because there seems to be a pattern here.”
Dorsey responded that Jeong’s tweets do not reflect his views and that he values a “variety of perspective” and people from “all walks of life and all points of view.”