Self-proclaimed “hack” and Politico writer Glenn Thrush participated in an MSNBC discussion where the topic of conversation centered around censoring sites like Infowars.com on social media.
Self-proclaimed “hack” Glenn Thrush called on social media to censor sites like @Infowars
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) December 6, 2016
Commenting that social media companies should be responsible for restricting “potentially inflammatory incitements of violence,” Thrush questioned why those companies’ CEOs haven’t already developed a strategy to ban “false and hateful content”:
“You’ve got Reddit, you’ve got Facebook, and you have Twitter. Explain to me why, is there a constitutional right to put potentially inflammatory incitements of violence on these sites? Why aren’t Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook coming up with a more serious strategy for either labeling or banning groups that knowingly push false and hateful contents on their sites?”
Naturally, Alex Jones and Infowars.com were specifically referenced in the conversation.
“The challenge to try to keep up with the pace of this information right now, it’s worth noting that for Reddit’s part, they banned the pizza gate discussion going forward,” host Peter Alexander said. “I’m curious for your take on this. Donald Trump – obviously Inforwars, we’re familiar with that sort of popular website spewing off a lot of conspiracy theories as well. Even Alex Jones, the founder of Infowars, you know, spoke proudly about how, ‘I said something, and Donald Trump spouted it just a couple days later.’”
Thrush went on to re-iterate his point that social media companies should protect their audiences from information disseminated by sites like Infowars.
THRUSH: The thing we have to realize, Facebook is not — the web is the web. People can say what they want on the web. That’s the larger pool. Facebook and Twitter, newspapers are curated. Television is curated. These are channels of information. The question is, and we need to have a really significant national discussion on this: What is social media? What are the responsibilities of the owners of social media, and what are the ground rules?
Thrush himself was publicly exposed as a public relations tool for the Hillary campaign in an email released by Wikileaks in early November, in which he literally labeled himself a “hack.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 19, 2016
“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I fucked up anything,” Thrush said in an email to Clinton campaign chair Podesta asking him to approve the contents of an article.