It was about time something like this happens! I bet many of us have unclarified stuff regarding the functioning and policies of the Big Tech companies, which, ironically, we are all using!
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House Republicans on Energy and Commerce will hold Big Tech accountable for failing to be good stewards on their platforms,” said a spokesman in the name of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington. “There are many reasons why they have broken the American people’s trust, including how they have abused their power to censor and control political speech they disagree with.”
A report published on Fast Company stated the following statistics regarding the Big Tech companies that made a huge mark on our everyday living.
“Twitter was banning eight to 10 million accounts each week. In the weeks that have followed the Capitol breach, the platform permanently banned former President Donald Trump and thousands of others. According to Facebook, a team of 35,000 employees removed more than 1.3 billion “fake accounts” between the months of October and December 2020 — as well as removed 12 million COVID-19-related content.”
“Google, along with all of Big Tech, removed public access to free-speech platform Parler in January and employs comprehensive algorithms to remove conservative content.”
Among others, House Republicans are also asking the CEOs, why VP Kamala Harris’ post that urged people to raise the Minnesota Freedom Fund, meant to bail out criminals (which we as how it ended up – with more murders…), was not in violation such as similar content posted from the side of the Republicans and conservatives.
On June 1, 2020, now-Vice President Kamala Harris posted “If you’re able to, chip in now to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota” and linked to an ActBlue Fund. Please explain how this post does not violate Twitter’s policies.
Furthermore, Steve Scalise, R-La.,has made a statement that he supports an alteration to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Section 230 says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
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“These tech giants’ refusal to be transparent about how they monitor content and restrict different users demonstrates their failed commitment to fairness,” Scalise said. “Democrats and Big Tech want to continue to project their left-wing partisanship on everyone and censor those who disagree. Unless Section 230 is changed, there is no protection of political speech or limit to the censorship conservatives will face in the future.”
Apparently, it is obvious why the House Republicans are demanding explanations from the CEOs, since they are the future of media, and they’re creating their own laws that are allowed in their artificial online environments, but in the end, they end up affecting the real living world and what’s going on there.
Since, an event happening in the world, might take a really different path of happening in social media, and end up twisted and understood like an entirely other event.
“Freedom of speech is the keystone of American democracy, and there’s no question that it’s under direct assault by Big Tech. Vague and subjective ‘community guidelines’ are enforced with glaring political bias, often silencing or de-platforming conservatives,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas stated.
“Additionally, the lawmakers seek to understand “coordination” processes between Big Tech companies as to what is removed, how algorithms are established, and learn about all, if any, efforts by the companies to back local and traditional free press media outlets.”
“They better be ready to answer these questions completely and honestly at the hearing,” Crenshaw added.
Obviously, the answers they are demanding are not simply affected by the ban Twitter has put on President Trump.
There are numerous issues that need to be thoroughly questioned, and new laws to be “tailed” regarding the everyday new situations the Internet and social media confront us with.