Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a letter accusing him of censorship of government officials that ‘endangers the national security.’
Wolf’s letter on Friday came after Twitter suspended the official account of Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan for a post the company deemed ‘hateful content.’
Morgan had tweeted on Wednesday praising progress on the southern border wall: ‘Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work.’
Twitter suspended his account for a day, and then claimed the decision had been reversed on appeal. Wolf blasted the company, saying Twitter had lied about the appeals process, and only reinstated Morgan’s account after the controversy went public.
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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf (above) slammed Twitter’s CEO in a letter accusing him of censorship of government officials that ‘endangers the national security’
‘Twitter’s conduct censoring U.S. government officials also endangers the national security,’ Wolf said in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (above on Wednesday)
‘Twitter actually denied CBP’s appeal. Twitter only reversed itself after controversy and embarrassment escalated,’ Wolf said in a footnote to the letter.
‘There was no reason to remove Mr. Morgan’s tweet from your platform, other than ideological disagreement with the speaker. Such censorship is disturbing,’ Wolf wrote in the letter.
‘Twitter’s conduct censoring U.S. government officials also endangers the national security,’ Wolf said.
‘It is dangerous and damaging when any publisher arbitrarily and unfoundedly decides, as it did here, that the facts and policies of a particular Presidential Administration constitute “violence”—in order to censor them,’ he continued.
Wolf accused Twitter of ‘sabotaging public discourse regarding important national and homeland security issues.’
Wolf’s letter on Friday came after Twitter suspended the official account of Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan (above) for a post the company deemed ‘hateful content’
The tweet is no longer on Morgan’s Twitter, and instead there is a notification in its place from Twitter stating: ‘This Tweet is no longer available’, prompting users to ‘learn more’ about why
Wolf wrote that ‘it is clear that Twitter’s gross censorship was intentional, not accidental.’
‘I call on you to commit to never again censoring content on your platform and obstructing Americans’ unalienable right to communicate with each other and with their government and its officials, including the thousands of law enforcement officers at the DHS who work vigilantly and diligently to protect your safety every day,’ Wolf concluded.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com late on Friday.
Morgan’s tweet was removed just hours after Dorsey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he faced withering accusations of partisan bias and political censorship from Republican senators.
‘They didn’t lock me out, they locked you out,’ Morgan said at a Thursday press conference, referring to Twitter blocking him from speaking to the American people.
‘They imposed their own ideology, their own belief system to justify keeping the truth from the American people because it didn’t fit their very obvious and transparent agenda,’ Morgan said.
The comments came during a press conference Thursday morning in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to celebrate 400 miles of Trump’s border wall being completed.
The commemoration came just five days before election day to demonstrate progress on perhaps the president’s best-known campaign promise four years ago.
Morgan referred to the feat as an ‘incredible milestone,’ and called the wall system along the U.S.-Mexico border an ‘essential part of a decades-long, multi-faceted strategy of infrastructure, technology and personnel.’
Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf walks in front of a new section of the border wall after giving a speech Thursday in McAllen, Texas
In a separate controversy, Twitter on Friday backed down and unlocked the main account of the New York Post following a two-week stalemate over the newspaper’s articles about Hunter Biden ‘s foreign business dealings.
The social media company said it would reverse its prior demand that the Post delete tweets linking to the Biden article.
Twitter had already reversed its initial ban on tweeting links to the Post articles, but said it would not retroactively change its decision to lock the newspaper’s account, insisting the original tweets be deleted.
The social media company had justified its ban of the politically charged reporting on the Biden family by citing a prohibition on distributing hacked materials.
The Post articles were based on documents from a laptop supposedly left at a repair shop by Hunter, who never retrieved it.
Source: Daily Mail |World News