Twitter chief Jack Dorsey said in remarks prepared for a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the filtering of social networks during the US election campaign was not a sign of bias, despite conservatives’ claims to the contrary.
“In the run-up to the 2020 elections, we made significant improvements to our policies to protect the integrity of the elections,” Dorsey said in his written statements obtained by Agence France-Presse.
“We applied the rankings to add context and reduce the risk of harmful disinformation spreading about the election without significant context because the public told us they wanted us to take these steps.”
Dorsey asserted that the liquidation was not the result of an anti-conservative bias, despite claims to the contrary by President Donald Trump and his allies.
The platform began to curb the reach of many of Trump’s tweets, particularly those in which the president rejected his electoral loss or questioned the integrity of the vote.
Twitter and Facebook are facing pressure to remove what many consider harmful disinformation about the election, while fighting allegations of suppression of some political views.
Dorsey said Twitter continues to strive for the right balance.
“We want to be very clear that we do not see our work in this area as it happened,” he said.
“Our work continues here, our teams are learning and improving the way we deal with these challenges and gain the trust of the people who use Twitter.”
Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was scheduled to appear remotely at the hearing before the Senate Judicial Committee.
Committee Chair Senator Lindsey Graham called on the session to address what he called “the censorship and suppression of news articles” and “the handling of the 2020 elections” by the platforms.
Graham said the committee would “considerably” address the two social media platforms ’decision to limit circulation of New York Post articles that claimed to have uncovered wrongdoing by Democrat Joe Biden before his election victory.