Washington Examiner: Musk’s X influenced by ‘censorship’ group Republicans allege may violate federal law

August 15, 2023

Washington Examiner

Billionaire Elon Musk‘s X Corp, the social media company formerly known as Twitter, is crafting its “brand safety” policies for advertising with the help of a group Republicans in Congress say may skirt federal law through alleged censorship.

The House Judiciary Committee in May subpoenaed heads of the World Federation of Advertisers, a marketing association, as well as its Global Alliance for Responsible Media initiative, to obtain records on their “coordinated efforts to demonetize and censor disfavored speech online” that the panel’s Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said “may violate U.S. antitrust law.” Still, X under Musk, who has proclaimed to be a “free speech absolutist,” is relying on GARM to inform what ads run on its platform, according to announcements by X and Integral Ad Science, a “misinformation” tracker it recently partnered with.

“The problem is the left-wing censorship cartel is getting its claws into Twitter,” Mike Davis, president of the Internet Accountability Project, a right-leaning watchdog “fighting to rein in Big Tech,” told the Washington Examiner. “This is how the Left is able to crush free speech for conservatives in America.”

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