Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently went after Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey as part of a bipartisan thrashing over the role of social media in our political discourse:
Republicans have bitterly criticized social media giants Twitter and Facebook for censoring conservative media and alternate views in the run-up to the election and its aftermath.
Epitomizing their frustration, Cruz asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, “was Twitter being a publisher when it censored the New York Post?” The Silicon Valley wunderkind managed to say “no” with a straight face, arguing “we have very clear policies on the content that we enable on the platform, and if there’s a violation we take enforcement action, and people choose to commit to those policies and to those terms of service.” Cruz, probably the Senate’s ablest debater, promptly fired back, “except your policies are applied in a partisan and selective manner.”
After reining in the crafty Dorsey, Cruz turned his attention to Facebook co-founder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg. The senator’s questioning began with a straightforward inquiry, “Mr. Zuckerberg, does Facebook consider itself a neutral public forum?” Cruz proceeded to rhetorically annihilate Zuckerberg in response to the tech executive’s attempts to evade him.