The following article, More Republicans Call for Breaking Up Tech Monopolies After Facebook Upholds Ban of Donald Trump, was first published on Big League Politics.
After Facebook announced on Wednesday that they would uphold their ban on former president Donald Trump, more Republican leaders are calling for tech giants to be broken up.
“Trump’s posts during the Capitol riot severely violated Facebook’s rules and encouraged and legitimized violence,” Facebook’s monolithic truth commission determined in an edict.
“At the time of Mr. Trump’s posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm and his words of support for those involved in the riots legitimized their violent actions,” they added.
Republicans are striking back against tech giants and calling for government action to be taken to reign in these monopolies that are at war against conservative speech.
“Break them up,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) referred to Facebook’s decision as “a real life example of the tyranny of Big Tech” before reiterating Jordan’s thoughts.
“Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate. If they can ban President Trump, all conservative voices could be next. A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech,” House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Wednesday.
Additionally, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) called for “aggressive antitrust reform” against tech monopolies. While Republicans now pay lip service to fighting back against Big Tech, they did virtually nothing to curb their monopolistic influence when they actually had power.
Big League Politics has reported on how the Republican establishment and its oligarch donors regularly take money from tech giants while convincing their constituents they oppose them:
“As mass censorship is instituted on Big Tech monopoly platforms against conservative and right-wing voices, so-called conservatives leaders – with only a handful of exceptions – have either been silent or complicit with the undeniable Big Brother crackdown.
The reason why this is the case is because of a successful influence-peddling agenda by Google and their allies. The vehemently anti-Trump corporate giant has used their tremendous influence and wealth to purchase obedience from influential thought leaders on the Right.
A report from Bloombergquint detailed how Google has bankrolled the libertarian movement, which worships the almighty dollar above all else, in order to astroturf a phony right-wing consensus that nothing should be done to stop Big Tech tyranny.
“At the end of the day, the free-market position has always been clear: It’s not the government’s role to meddle in speech—period,” said Berin Szóka, president of the libertarian think tank TechFreedom that is subsidized by Google.
“It should come as no surprise that Heritage supports empowering consumers rather than government to influence the private sector,” wrote Robert Bluey, vice president of communications with the Heritage Foundation, another group on Google’s dole.
“We are, and have always been, champions of free enterprise and critics of government intervention,” Bluey added.
While these free market groups pay lip service against government intervention, they have no problem with Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act (CDA), the government regulation that grants Big Tech firms special protections preventing them from being held liable for the content published on their platforms.
In fact, the Koch network is heavily lobbying on Google’s behalf to keep the special government privileges in place for the corporate behemoths. The Koch network has reportedly spent at least $10 million to promote Big Tech supremacy over the free marketplace in recent years…
The reason why conservative “leaders” are doing so little to actually protect freedom of expression is because of the money. Conservative Inc. is for sale to the highest bidder, and the Big Tech globalists and their Koch collaborators pay very well.”
Republicans need to deliver actual results rather than hollow rhetoric against Big Tech. Otherwise, they will remain little more than controlled opposition against these corporate menaces that are destroying our country.
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Author: Shane Trejo
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