Homeland Security Labels Twitter a Threat

“Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf labeled Twitter a ‘threat’ to America’s security on Friday, saying that the tech giant’s quick trigger finger in censoring government agencies could deny people information they need to be safe. Mr. Wolf’s comments came after an embarrassing incident in which Twitter expunged a tweet about the border wall and locked the account of the head of Customs and Border Protection, saying it was ‘hateful’ to claim that ‘walls work’ to stop gang members and criminals from getting across. Twitter caved after nearly 24 hours, restoring the tweet and access to the account. ‘It is dangerous and damaging when any publisher arbitrarily and unfoundedly decides, as it did here, that the facts and policies of a particular presidential administration constitute violence–in order to censor them,’ Mr. Wolf wrote in a letter to Twitter’s CEO. He continued: ‘And in the case of Twitter, this can cut off an essential mode of communication between U.S. government officials and the public. In doing so, Twitter is sabotaging public discourse regarding important national and homeland security issues.’”

“DHS chief labels Twitter,” The Washington Times, Oct. 30, 2020