The Latest: Twitter grilled about blocking a NY Post article

The Capitol is seen under muted and rainy skies in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Capitol is seen under muted and rainy skies in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

WASHINGTON – The latest news from a House committee questioning the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. All times local.

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2:30 p.m.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, raised the long-running conservative talking point that Twitter, Facebook and Google are biased against conservative viewpoints and censor material based on political or religious viewpoints. Experts say there's no widespread evidence that this is true.

Scalise highlighted Twitter’s blocking of a New York Post article on Hunter Biden, which CEO Jack Dorsey said was a mistake that the company corrected within 24 hours. Dorsey added that the content of the article wasn’t the issue, but an imperfect application of the platform’s “hacked materials” policy.

“We make mistakes and our goal to correct them as quickly as possible and in that case we did,” Dorsey said. Scalise asked if anyone in Twitter’s “censoring department” was held accountable.

“Well, we don’t have a censoring department,” Dorsey replied.

In a February report, New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights called the accusations political disinformation spread by Republicans. The report recommended that social media sites give clear reasoning when they take action against material on their platforms.