Cotton Grills Twitter Lawyer: ‘Is It Bias to Side With America Over Our Adversaries?’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) grilled Twitter’s acting general counsel Sean Edgett on Wednesday about the company’s willingness to cooperate with Russian government-funded media—but not with the U.S. government.

Edgett admitted that Twitter has had to reverse course on a number of issues in its attempts to apply policies consistently, but Cotton questioned their decisions. Namely, he pointed out ways in which RT, a Kremlin-sponsored propaganda outlet, was able to analyze tweets in real time using Dataminr—a software company partially owned by Twitter—even though Twitter prevented the U.S. government from doing so.