Ted Cruz Calls For Criminal Investigation Of Twitter
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote to the Justice and Treasury Departments on Friday calling for a criminal investigation of Twitter over allegations that the social media company is violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Axios reported that “Twitter allows Iranian leaders to maintain accounts on its service.”
Cruz has asked Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to investigate whether this “violates U.S. sanctions prohibiting American companies from providing goods or services to the country's top officials.”
In February, Cruz led a group of Republican senators in writing to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with a call to ban Iranian leaders from using the platform, suggesting that “providing the accounts may violate U.S. sanctions.”
Twitter argued last month that its service is exempt from sanctions and “that the public conversation on the platform is critically important during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Cruz’s latest letter follows Twitter’s decision to label two of President Trump’s tweets with a fact-check earlier this week, after the president claimed that mail-in voting would lead to substantial fraud and cheating in the November election.
Trump responded by signing “an executive order Thursday targeting the liability protections provided to online platforms.”