WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declined to say if he thought Facebook and Twitter should have been invited to the White House’s Social Media Summit, but said he’s “not remotely” satisfied with large technology companies’ handling of censorship online.
The White House is hosting the summit on Thursday. Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked if he thinks Facebook and Twitter should have been part of the event.
“I will leave it to the White House to make determinations on whom they invite,” Cruz said on Tuesday.
Cruz, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, is scheduled to hold a “Google and Censorship through Search Engines” hearing next Tuesday.
“I have various significant concerns about the pattern of political censorship in the big tech media companies and chaired a hearing a couple of months ago on Facebook and Twitter in particular and next week we’ll be chairing another hearing looking at Google on the same thing,” he said.
The details of the White House summit agenda have not been released but some of the names of the individuals and organizations invited have surfaced on social media.