Blumenthal accuses Facebook of caving to conservatives: They're 'working the refs'

Blumenthal accuses Facebook of caving to conservatives: They're 'working the refs'


Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, on Tuesday said that he believes Facebook has made a habit of giving in to conservative users’ pressure.

“I’m very concerned that in fact, Facebook seems to have a record of making accommodations and caving to conservative pressure,” Mr. Blumenthal said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. “And the president has tried to use an executive order on Section 230 to again bully or browbeat and exert pressure on you and others in this industry. They’re, in effect, working the refs and they’re winning.”

At the hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Mr. Blumenthal told the social media executives he was worried that the social media platforms’ potential inaction against content he deems inappropriate could affect the upcoming run-off elections for Georgia’s senate seats.

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“We’re in the middle of another election. This election in Georgia could determine, in fact, which party controls the United States Senate,” Mr.

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