Big Tech in the Crosshairs

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by David Nussman  •  •  August 3, 2020   

Trump calls for free speech online

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President Trump is worried about online censorship going into the election in November.

He tweeted Wednesday, "If Congress doesn't bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders."

Trump is trying to get the ball rolling on an executive order he signed at the end of May targeting tech giants like Facebook and Twitter.

The president signed that order after Twitter — a major platform for him — started inserting fact-checks beneath his tweets.

Just last week, the White House announced the Department of Commerce is moving to implement the executive order.

This came as big tech CEOs appeared before a House committee — via video chat — to testify about their companies' economic dominance and influence over Americans' daily lives.

During the hearing, Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio highlighted the online censorship that conservatives face routinely.

Rep. Jordan: "I'll just cut to the chase: Big Tech's out to get conservatives. That's not a suspicion, that's not a hunch — that's a fact."

This echoes a Senate committee hearing last year, when psychologist Robert Epstein warned that tech giants can manipulate search results, swaying the presidential election by millions of votes.

Dr. Epstein: "There are 15 million votes on the line that can be shifted without people's knowledge and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace."

Recently, a group of doctors was scrubbed by YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Squarespace after they spoke out against lockdown orders and trumpeted hydroxychloroquine.

As Election Day draws near, and social media companies ramp up censorship, their influence remains largely unchecked — something Trump says he's looking to change.

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