A non-profit organization funded by Big Tech has filed a lawsuit to protect the right for their corporate backers to commit acts of Draconian censorship on various digital platforms.
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) claims that President Trump’s recent executive order against tech censorship violates the rights of some of the most powerful government-connected multinationals in the world, who are protected under the 1st Amendment to crush the free speech of the peasants.
“The Executive Order is designed to deter social media services from fighting misinformation, voter suppression, and the stoking of violence on their platforms,” said Alexandra Givens, who works as leader of CDT.
“Courts have recognized that retaliatory conduct chills a person or entity from exercising their First Amendment rights in the future,” the lawsuit states. “President Trump—by publicly attacking Twitter and issuing the Order—sought to chill future online speech by other speakers.”
It should come as no surprise that the CDT opposes Trump’s order meant to protect digital freedom of speech. They are funded by some of the most powerful tech monopolies and oligarchs throughout the world.
In the financials section of their official website, they list Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as organizations that have given them donations of at least $200,000 in 2019.
Entities that gave the CDT over $100,000 last year include Apple, Verizon, the Ford Foundation, the Soros-backed Open Society Foundations, Verizon, and Walmart. Other prominent donors include Comcast, Twitter, Mozilla, AT&T, the Charles Koch Foundation, Lyft, Uber, Visa, Exxon Mobil, Netflix, JPMorgan Chase, Mastercard, Perkins Coie, Disney, Starbucks, and Sprint.
In short, CDT is bankrolled by an array of the most powerful globalists in the world. Virtually all of the major Big Tech entities give them oodles of cash on an annual basis, so the CDT acts as their prostitute so to speak. This is why they are trying to undermine common sense measures that would restrict Big Tech’s ability to censor and manipulate the political process.
Big League Politics reported on Trump’s landmark executive order against Big Tech censorship when it was signed last week:
President Donald Trump signed an executive order regarding social media regulation today after Twitter hit one of his posts with a so-called fact check from the fake news.
“What they choose to fact check and what they choose to ignore or even promote is nothing more than a political activism group… And it’s inappropriate,” Trump said at a press conference before signing the executive order.
“This censorship and bias is a threat to freedom itself. Imagine if your phone company silenced or edited your conversation. Social media companies have vastly more power and more reach than any phone company in the United States,” Trump added.
The president described his executive order as a measure to “protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people.” He blasted social media corporations for abusing their special privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which shields them from liabilities for content posted on their vast platforms.
He claims his executive order will revoke Section 230 protections for tech giants that capriciously censor content to push a partisan political agenda, and empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on fraudulent or deceptive practices by tech corporations.
“What they’re doing is tantamount to monopoly, you can say. It’s tantamount to taking over the airwaves. Can’t let it happen, otherwise we are not going to have a democracy. We’re not going to have anything to do with a Republic,” Trump explained.
Lobbying groups that launder Big Tech cash to manipulate the court systems like the CDT will try to undo Trump’s great progress on behalf digital freedom of expression. Many more lawsuits against the executive order are expected to follow the one filed by the CDT.
Department of Justice Sues Facebook for Discrimination Against Americans in Favor of H1B Visa Workers
Facebook discriminated against Americans.
The Department of Justice filed a new lawsuit against Big Tech monopoly Facebook for engaging in pervasive and systemic discrimination against American workers, refusing to consider them for company positions and instead shepherding cheaper and more compliant foreign visa workers into more than 2,500 of the company’s high-paying jobs.
The Department of Justice alleges that Facebook created a category of employment offerings in which none or one American worker applied more than 99% of the time, and were almost never hired. Facebook didn’t advertise job opening it restricted to the “PERM” process on its careers website, instead exclusively recruiting visa workers.
“According to the lawsuit, and based on the department’s nearly two-year investigation, Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that Facebook instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders Facebook wanted to sponsor for green cards.”
The H-1B visa program is favorite of Big Tech, creating a class of employees who function as de facto indentured servants. H-1B workers are reliant on their employers for eventual American green cards, and leaving their jobs jeopardizes their immigration status. Some technology companies have been subject to large settlements for exploiting their bonded H-1B worker force.
“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division.
“This lawsuit follows a nearly two-year investigation into Facebook’s practices and a ‘reasonable cause’ determination by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable. Our message to all employers — including those in the technology sector — is clear: you cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over U.S. workers.”
The Department of Justice will seek civil penalties from Facebook on behalf of American workers discriminated against in the employment process, describing Facebook’s “discrimination against U.S. workers [as] intentional, widespread, and in violation” of immigration law.
Facebook has lobbied heavily in favor of raising annual visa workers levels, most recently boosting Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to remove per-country caps on H-1B visas. This will result in nearly all H-1B visas being given to nationals of a few large countries, such as India. Senator Lee succeeded in passing the migrant labor giveaway to Big Tech through the Senate on Wednesday.
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