(RightWing.org) – Twitter and other social media companies are coming under a great deal of scrutiny now that President Donald Trump is calling out their behavior. Now, another prominent Republican is presenting a case stating that Twitter is in violation of sanctions placed on Iran. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter and took to Twitter over the issue.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a letter Friday to the Justice and Treasury departments, is calling for a criminal investigation of Twitter over allegations the company is violating U.S. sanctions against Iran: https://t.co/UPYQEAIgvO
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2020
As it currently stands, Twitter is allowing Iranian leaders to keep their accounts. Cruz’s argument is that these Iranian officials can use the social media platform to facilitate trade and effectively bypass US sanctions. The senator called for Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to investigate this potential activity.
Twitter claims to provide its services for the good of “the global public conversation.” Yet, the tech giant is dipping its toes into the waters of content moderation, which could invalidate its protections under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. With multiple cases being brought against social media companies, they might be in for a rough ride for the foreseeable future.
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