A top US Senator has criticised Twitter and Facebook for blocking Mother Teresa's quote on abortion, saying the pattern of censorship by the two social media giants is "really dangerous".
Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday alleged that the top officials of Twitter and Facebook were unable to respond to a question on blocking Mother Teresa's quote on abortion as hate crime. Mother Teresa, the founder of Missionaries of Charity, is revered for her work with the poor in India.
"Here is a tweet that says abortion is profoundly anti-women and it is a quote from Mother Teresa and this tweet was blocked. Now it is remarkable that Mother Teresa is now deemed hate speech. Do either of you would agree with the proposition that Mother Teresa is issuing hate speech? Is this hate speech?" Ted Cruz asked during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.
Ted Cruz said that there is a pattern of censorship of conservative and pro-life voices on social media platforms, including posts from the Susan B Anthony List organisation and the marketing campaign of the new pro-life movie "Unplanned".
"They (the extreme left and big tech companies) say if you don't want to be censored, just don't say things we disagree with," Ted Cruz told Fox News. "That's really the arrogance. We see that on college campuses. We see that in big tech. We had testimony today, for example, we had the producer of the movie "Unplanned", a phenomenal movie -- true story of Abby Johnson, former clinic director of Planned Parenthood who became a pro-life activist," he said. Cruz alleged that Google refused to run their ads and Twitter took down their web page.