U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks to reporters as he arrives on the first day of the new Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 3, 2023.
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Twitter CEO Elon Musk discussed how to make the social media site “fair on all sides” in a meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the lawmaker told reporters on Friday.
“He wants to have a level playing field” and for everyone to have a voice, McCarthy said of the meeting in comments reported by NBC News. “He really stands up for the First Amendment. And we had a really good discussion.”
musk shared on Twitter On Thursday night, he met with McCarthy and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, DNY, “to discuss making sure that this platform is fair to both.” Only McCarthy on Thursday general that Musk came to wish him a happy birthday.
McCarthy also confirmed on Friday that Jeffries was at Thursday’s meeting and that he had not previously met with Musk.
An aide to Jeffries told The Washington Post that his meeting with Musk was accidental and occurred as Musk was leaving a meeting with McCarthy. Jeffries’ office confirmed the Washington Post anecdote to CNBC.
McCarthy also confirmed to reporters on Friday that he had called a meeting in his office that day with Musk and several top Republicans: Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash.
McCarthy said he wants to “continue the discussion” of fairness on tech platforms with other lawmakers as they seek to pass legislation and make sure “the American has an equal voice,” NBC News reported.
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