Twitter Censors Job Creators Network Account in Retaliation for JCN Implying Tech Giant Should be Regulated as Utility
Washington, DC – On Thursday, Twitter suspended the Job Creators Network (JCN) from its platform, accusing the small business advocacy group of ostensibly “violating [their] rules against platform manipulation and spam.” In reality, this ban is likely retribution for JCN’s implications that the tech giant should be regulated as a utility.
Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, released the following statement:
“Twitter has silenced JCN and the 30 million small business owners it represents after JCN implied that the tech giant should be regulated as a utility. Given that JCN’s internal review demonstrates we did not violate Twitter’s terms and conditions, the tech giant’s bold move is likely pure retaliation against us for our position on tech regulations. Twitter’s retribution signifies a new front in the company’s aggressive censorship efforts. The biggest losers are American small business owners whose voices are silenced by this tech oligarch. Twitter’s violation of free speech and First Amendment values are outrageous and indefensible. Their latest actions further bolster our position that social media companies need further regulation and more small business competitors. We have appealed Twitter’s ban, and expect an explanation and apology.”