Rubio hammers Twitter for allowing image of soldier slitting child’s throat to remain up

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Marco Rubio on ABC’s ‘This Week’ May 27, 2018 (Broadcast screenshot)

By Mary Margaret Olohan
Daily Caller News Foundation

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio demanded answers from Twitter Tuesday for failing to take action over a doctored image of an Australian soldier slitting a child’s throat.

“Twitter has had more than 36 hours to identify, investigate, and evaluate a tweet sent by Zhao Lijian, the deputy director-general of China’s Information Department, that contains a doctored image that depicts a violent act that may in turn inspire other violent acts,” Rubio’s letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said.

“It defies belief that Twitter is unaware of the image, which falsely portrays an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife to the throat of a young Afghan child, as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison requested the image be taken down,” he continued.

Rubio accused Twitter of making “an intentional decision” of allowing the tweet to remain without even issuing a warning label, noting that during the 2020 presidential election, Twitter moved “rapidly” to flag election content with “warning labels on tweets of prominent Americans.”

“Social media platforms, including Twitter, have taken it upon themselves to regulate, moderate, and censor speech on their platforms,” the letter continued. “That is your right as a private company. However, the logic of such actions is increasingly difficult to understand in light of their inconsistency and raises questions of whether Twitter specifically should be eligible for Section 230 protections.”

The senator called on Twitter to address when Twitter was made aware of the tweet, whether Twitter reviewed it, why no action was taken if so, what steps would be taken to avoid “such mistakes in the future,” and whether Twitter has future plans to operate with China.

“The American people increasingly see mainstream social media, especially Twitter, as little more than a liberal echo chamber inclined to censor conservatives,” Rubio concluded. “I share their concern, especially when enemies of America are allowed to post falsified and dangerously misleading images with no consequence.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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