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Jordan confronts tech CEOs over claims of anti-conservative bias

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse Judiciary releases McGahn testimony on Trump Democrats control the language of politics and culture — but for how long? Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies 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 ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Advocacy groups target Facebook employees in push to keep Trump off platform | Senior Biden cyber nominees sail through Senate hearing | State Dept. urges Nigeria to reverse Twitter ban Advocacy groups target Facebook employees in push to keep Trump off platform Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' MORE, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosResearchers: Wealth accumulation at Ivy League presents 'fundamental threat to our democracy' Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' 5 former Treasury secretaries back Biden's plan to increase tax enforcement on wealthy 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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 SensenbrennerProtecting the fundamental right of all Americans to have access to the voting booth Republicans compare Ron Johnson to Joe McCarthy: NYT GOP puts pressure on Pelosi over Swalwell MORE (R-Wis.) also brought up allegations of anti-conservative bias during his opening remarks and first round of testimony.