Jordan confronts tech CEOs over claims of anti-conservative bias

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing Overnight Health Care: Five takeaways from Fauci's testimony | CDC: Children might play 'important role' in spreading COVID-19 | GOP leader wants rapid testing at Capitol MORE (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, opened his testimony at Wednesday's hearing on competition in digital marketplaces by accusing Big Tech of censoring conservative voices.

“I’ll just cut to the chase, Big Tech is out to get conservatives," Jordan asserted during his opening remarks at the hearing. “That’s not a hunch, that’s not a suspicion, that’s a fact.”

Jordan's remarks came at the start of a hearing featuring Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFive takeaways from Big Tech's blowout earnings NYT media columnist Ben Smith calls Facebook's self-proclaimed patriotism 'very implausible' Facebook reports 11 percent revenue growth as usage surges amid pandemic MORE, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosFive takeaways from Big Tech's blowout earnings Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Amazon reports surge in revenue as pandemic sparks online retail boom MORE.

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The GOP lawmaker listed a series of instances where social media companies have removed certain content — including misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic that is contradicted by the World Health Organization — in arguing that there is active, systemic censorship.

He pointed to allegations that Google was censoring the right-wing site Breitbart News and that Amazon’s Twitch banned President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE’s channel.

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Trump’s account was only temporarily suspended for violating platform policies, and has since been restored.

Jordan also reminded the committee that he had pushed hard for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify during Wednesday’s hearing, although the company does not face the same antitrust scrutiny as others appearing.

Subcommittee ranking member Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerHillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence Five takeaways as panel grills tech CEOs Jordan confronts tech CEOs over claims of anti-conservative bias MORE (R-Wis.) also brought up allegations of anti-conservative bias during his opening remarks and first round of testimony.