According to a Saturday report, the White House is drafting an executive order that would instruct federal law enforcement and antitrust agencies to look into bias among tech giants in Silicon Valley.
“The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to ‘thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws,’” according to the report. “It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially ‘protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.’”
According to the report, the draft of the executive order does not specifically name any companies, but there are only a few social media titans that could possibly be on the list. Google, which owns Youtube, Facebook, which owns Instagram, and Twitter are among the primary suspects who could be guilty of anti-conservative bias.
Trump has called out the social media giants in two recent Tweets.
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…..” he said on August 18.
Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018
“Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!” he said days later.
Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
Many conservatives feel that they have gotten a raw deal in using the leftist tech platforms.
Google was recently exposed for proposing manipulation of search results to favor left-wing talking points, organizations, and political views.
Meanwhile, viral campaigns like #WalkAway, which has tens of thousands of Americans fleeing the Democrat party, have been hindered by social media restrictions.
Big League Politics reported last week:
The founder of the viral #WalkAway campaign that has tens of thousands of voters fleeing the Democrat party has had his Facebook usage restricted for a second time, and has provided an exclusive statement to Big League Politics.
Brandon Straka said:
Last week Facebook slapped a 30 day ban on me for using a proper noun: InfoWars. I used this word in a sentence telling the members of the group where they could watch the interview I was about to do and promote and fundraise for the #WalkAway March on Washington. After I announced the ban on Twitter, conservatives came together and raised hell to have me reinstated – and I was. And now, just 5 days later Facebook is slapping this restriction on me, my team, and the #WalkAway Campaign group on Facebook – which makes it impossible for us to communicate as a group. Without communications we can not organize, we can not fundraise, we are completely crippled. And Facebook knows this. Once again, those who are fighting back against leftists have been attacked using social media suppression.
InfoWars’ Alex Jones, a top radio host and Trump supporter, has been kicked off of nearly every tech platform in existence, including a Friday ban from PayPal.
An anti-Trust investigation would be a good first step in reigning in the free speech suppressor in Silicon Valley who have way too much power that could be used for evil.
Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs
Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most
America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.
Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.
Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.
President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.
Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.
The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”
The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.
“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.
In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.
Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.
Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.
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