Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) blasted four former top Twitter executives for shadowbanning her account after she joked on the social media platform that Hilary Clinton was angry she couldn’t rig her election in 2016. Boebert made the comments while questioning the former executives during their appearance in front of a House committee on Wednesday.
Boebert took aim at Twitter’s former Head of Trust & Safety Yoel Roth, who she said had to have made the decision to shadowban her account. Despite Roth’s denial of any involvement in shadowbanning the account, Boebert maintained that he did because Twitter had a public interest exception policy which means the decision to ban members of Congress had to go through him.
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“I found out last night from Twitter staff that you suppressed my account for this tweet … about Hillary Clinton being angry that she couldn’t rig her election,” Boebert said. “It’s a joke. But in response, being the sinister overlords that you all are, you placed a 90-day account filter so I could not be found.”
Boebert revealed that the visibility filter on her account excluded her from top searches and prevented notifications for non-followers. Boebert described the move as an aggressive visibility filter.
“You silenced members of Congress from communicating with their constituents, Boebert continued. “You silenced me from communicating with the American people over a freaking joke. Now, who the hell do you think that you are?”
Boebert added that the four former executives are why there is election interference in the U.S. Boebert said that Russian President Vladimir Putting wishes he had as much election interference as the former executives.
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"I bet that Putin is sitting in the Kremlin wishing he had as much election interference as you four here today." pic.twitter.com/rNBQ3YDruG
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Boebert revealed that she was not mad that her account was shadowbanned. She, however, stated that she was angry for the millions of American people who were silenced because of the former executives’ decisions.
Boebert concluded her questioning by urging Congress to remove the Section 230 protection that big tech companies enjoy. Section 230 protects big tech companies, such as Twitter, from lawsuits that could arise from user’s posts on their platform.