Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted to senators Tuesday that his company made “mistakes” with a too-quick trigger finger when it suspended accounts from The New York Post and Homeland Security’s border chief in the days before the election.
Mr. Dorsey’s olive branch may not be enough to stave off a legislative reckoning, as he and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were pummeled by both Republicans and Democrats who said the companies are failing in the role of neutral players when it comes to political information.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee complained that Facebook was slow to take down pages from far-right militia groups or others issuing calls to violence.
Republicans said that Twitter seems to fact-check or suspend conservative accounts and viewpoints far more than it does liberal ones.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and chair of the committee, said he fears the platforms have become addictive, comparing it to tobacco use.
Those in both parties said the