In an op-ed for The Hill published Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and slammed Twitter’s Jack Dorsey for their diverging approaches to political speech following the social media giants’ recent policy announcements.
“For those who care about free speech, the last couple weeks saw two major developments from two people who have enormous influence over our public discourse,” Cruz writes. “First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whom I have previously criticized, gave an important address in defense of free speech. In it, he explained Facebook’s new policy that they would not censor political speech, but would instead allow the marketplace of ideas, the back-and-forth of political debate, to resolve public policy disputes.”
Cruz is referencing in part Zuckerberg’s widely covered speech at Georgetown University two weeks ago in which he came out strongly in defense of free speech. “We can continue to stand for free expression, understanding its messiness, but believing that the long journey towards greater progress requires confronting ideas that challenge us or we can decide the cost is simply too great,” he said. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.”
Zuckerberg also made clear in front of Congress the next week that his platform will not be policing political ads.
Dorsey, however, announced on Twitter this week that his platform will take a far different approach: it will “stop all political advertising on Twitter.”