Musk has floated a number of changes to Twitter since he bought the company for $44 billion, most of which have centered around a reduction in staff, changes to the site’s verification system, and the reinstatement of some previously banned accounts.
He and Warren have battled each other in the Twitter-verse before, with Warren suggesting last year that Musk was “freeloading” off the American economy as result of his tax bill. Musk shot back that the Bay Senator was “projecting” and dubbed her, “Senator Karen.”
Warren, in the interview that aired Sunday, said instead of jumping off the Twitter platform, lawmakers should have a say in who gets treated how in the digital space.
“What I believe we need is structural change here and that’s something I’m working on with a Republican co-sponsor,” she said.
That co-sponsor is none other than South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Graham said he will propose the creation of a government agency tasked with overseeing a broad swath of the digital speech market.
“I’m going to unveil a digital Regulatory Commission to deal with social media companies like Apple and Twitter and Google,” he said in an interview with Fox News last week.
Warren says it’s about keeping things fair.
“The idea is just to make sure we’ve got a level playing field. That’s why Lindsey and I are working on this,” she said. “I’ll give you another example: Amazon. Here’s a company that both runs the platform, the marketplace, and at the same time they compete.”
According to Warren, that sets up an unfair advantage for the retail giant, making them both rule maker and participant in their own scheme.
“You can’t be both the umpire in the game, running the platform, and a player in the game at the same time,” she said.
If Democratic leaders in Congress want to do anything, about social media or otherwise, they may have to do it fast, Warren acknowledged, with Republicans set to take control of the lower chamber in January.
“We need to do the debt ceiling,” she said of Democratic priorities in December. “Because the Republicans have already said they are going to hold social security hostage. Literally, House Republicans have said the price for passing, for raising the debt ceiling is going to be social security and they are potentially going to put Medicare at risk. We just can’t do that.”
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