The White House is considering a draft executive order for @POTUS that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Google, Facebook, and other social media companies.
At 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT today, @DrJerryJohnson will join a panel at the #Reboot2018 conference in San Francisco to discuss the silencing of unpopular voices by tech companies. The hourlong session will be livestreamed on @JoinLincoln's Facebook page.
"These are no longer, as they claim, neutral social media platforms, but in fact they have a bias, and a bias that they’re actively trying to exploit for political gain,” said Rep. @Jim_Jordan.
“You are going to have fix this like we always fix monopolies in this country. You are going to have to take an antitrust suit,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
The disclosure is certain to fuel complaints by many Republicans that Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., stifles conservative viewpoints online and promotes a liberal worldview. @johndmckinnon @dmac1
Big Tech leaders including @Jack are censoring Christian and conservative viewpoints like @LiveAction's pro-life promotions, which @Twitter rejected. For more examples of censorship or to tell your story, go to https://t.co/mzm8UU4eNG.
With increasing concerns about the power of big tech, some have called for companies like Facebook and Google to be regulated like public utilities. These AGs reject that strategy in favor of a more free market approach.
Conservative @Twitter employees "do feel silenced by just the general swirl of what they perceive to be the broader percentage of leanings within the company, and I don’t think that’s fair or right.” @Jack
Well worth reading from @LilaGraceRose @LiveAction
cc @NetFreedomWatch @prageru @EFF @theMRC https://t.co/NR1qBprT3l
During the Q&A period, a man asks what Google is going to do about “low-information voters” sharing “misinformation”
and “fake news,” to which CEO Sundar Pichai says that “investments in machine learning and AI” are the way to fix the problem.
"Is there academic evidence that tech companies have been politically biased? Yes." @drj_policy writes in @AEItech. @NetFreedomWatch
The NRB urges the tech giants "to honor First Amendment values as refined by centuries of American jurisprudence and to faithfully apply those principles in their policies and practices."
The underlying tension within the hearing, which bubbled to the surface only a handful of times, was that if Twitter can't fix itself, the government may have to, a prospect neither side seemed to particularly cherish. @BlueBoxDave
Twitter just permanently banned Alex Jones and InfoWars for “violating its abusive behaviour policy” — Louis Farrakhan and Hamas still have twitter accounts 2
"I urge Jack Dorsey and his fellow Big Tech executives to assemble together immediately to fix the undeniable viewpoint suppression problem themselves." @DrJerryJohnson
Hi @jack, I’ve been reading about how you’re trying to make this a better place and in particular, curb the spread of misinformation.
I would love to know how your plan addresses the “verified” crazies that spread things like this.
(Did I miss any?) 4
During the hearing, House Republicans pressed Mr. Dorsey about the way Twitter's systems treat conservative voices, including the methods by which the service suggests people to follow or selects certain users to be promoted.
The lords of Big Tech will pay a price if they create the perception that they are the censorship arm of the political left. @WSJ
The Justice Department raised the prospect of a possible investigation just as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were wrapping up morning testimony about protecting their platforms from foreign influence.