‘Doesn’t pass the BS test’: CPB chief Mark Morgan calls out Twitter over suspension
Twitter suspended the account of the chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan, even as the social media giant’s CEO was testifying on Capitol Hill claiming that the company doesn’t engage in bias against conservatives.
“At a news conference marking the 400th mile of completed wall, CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan argued that the tweet that prompted his account to be frozen was meant to praise the work of workers at his agency and the efficacy of the wall in general,” says Politico.
Twitter later restored the account after Morgan protested the censorship, saying blandly that “the decision was reversed following an appeal by the account owner and further evaluation from our team.”
Twitter said originally that the tweet in question violated its terms of service promoting violence and harassment “on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
Morgan said that the explanation doesn’t add up.
“With all due respect Twitter, your locking my account doesn’t pass the BS test,” Morgan said.
The tweet in question by Morgan said “@CBP $ @USACHEQ continue to build new wall every day. Every mile helps stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work.”
“Twitter is out of control in their clear bias against this administration and their blatant censorship of anything that may go against of the policies of those who sit in the cubicles of Silicon Valley. America is going down a dangerous road if we do not stand up for free speech and free thought—regardless of our beliefs,” says a statement by Morgan.
Back online after Twitter lock out for ~20 hours. @Twitter’s censorship should outrage every American. Not only did Twitter block me from posting, they BLOCKED YOU from the TRUTH.
Read my statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/tjNgLn5knx
— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) October 29, 2020
Social media giants had been previously summoned to appear before US Senators who are outraged by the censorship of a story from the New York Post that detailed verified emails that have been recovered from laptops that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, looking disengaged during testimony, told Senators that the Post articles can be shared by anyone on the platform, but that has been widely decried by conservatives as a lie, with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani suggesting that Dorsey be charged with perjury.
For Twitter shareholders, the stakes may be even bigger. The stock had lost $8-10 per share in pre-market trading, a decline in value of $750 million.
“This morning Jack Dorsey will take a $756 million hit to his net worth. I don’t think he cares but Twitter shareholders and board of directors might. Businesses that treats half the US population with disdain and different rules will have limited growth potential. Business 101,” tweeted Charles Payne of Fox Business.
This morning Jack Dorsey will take a $756 million hit to his net worth. I don't think he cares but Twitter shareholders and board of directors might.
Businesses that treats half the US population with disdain and different rules will have limited growth potential. Business 101
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) October 30, 2020
Twitter reported results for its latest quarter with user growth failing to live up to analyst expectations as a time when the company should be adding users as Americans engage in the presidential election.
“Twitter’s user growth fell short of expectations in the third quarter and it warned of further delays to the introduction of a long-awaited new advertising system, sending its shares down as much as 17 per cent,” says FT.com.
Twitter under Dorsey seems to be making headlines for all the wrong business reasons right now.