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Poll: Majority of Americans Think Facebook Has Too Much Power

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Fox News polls reveal that more than 60 percent of American voters believe Facebook has too much power, according to a new poll that was conducted during a time when the tech giant is under increased political scrutiny.

Sixty-one percent of voters questioned by Fox News believed Facebook has “too much power.” Forty-eight percent echoed similar sentiments about Google, followed by Amazon at 45 percent, and Apple at 43 percent.

However, only 35 percent of those polled said that they saw “big technology companies” are a larger threat to the country’s future than “big government.” Instead, fifty-eight percent of voters told Fox News pollsters that “big government” poses a larger threat.

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The poll was disseminated as the Trump administration and Congress proceed to investigate the power that tech companies such as Facebook and Google possess. The House Judiciary Committee started its antitrust investigation earlier this month, while the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice are preparing to launch probes into the companies’ anticompetitive practices.

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Additionally, the FTC has also conducted an investigation on Facebook’s potential data privacy violations for over a year. However, this has not been enough for Facebook critics, who believe the agency should be taking more decisive action by imposing stringent penalties on the powerful social media company.

Sarah Miller, co-chairwoman of the Freedom from Facebook campaign, declared in a statement that the poll demonstrates that “consumers are sick and tired of Facebook’s reckless behavior.”

The Facebook watchdog leader added, “The FTC needs to stop dragging their feet and find Facebook in violation of its consent decree, and break up its monopoly.”

This week, The Verge reported on the death of a Facebook content moderator who worked for a Facebook contractor in Tampa Bay. The story was kept under wraps for the past few months, but  once former employees broke the details, it revealed the disturbing work environment at Facebook and its various contractors. The moderator in question was tasked with spending long hours policing content at Facebook.

Incidents like these and the recent wave of censorship Facebook has levied against certain right-wingers show that the Big Tech company’s once shiny image is slowly becoming tarnished thanks to its corporate policies.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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