By The Federalist. . .CEOs from Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google each sat before members of Congress who grilled the California captains of the tech industry over a wide range of issues from conservative censorship online to privacy concerns, but targeted their questioning with animosity against the companies’ apparent monopolization in a rare scene of bipartisanship in an era of historic polarization.
Google for example, was questioned over its phasing out of third-party tracking cookies by 2022 while Apple was criticized for removing parental control apps after introducing its own “screen time” feature.
At one point, North Dakota Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong criticized Google CEO Sundar Pichai for the company’s threats to de-platform The Federalist over content on the website’s comment sections, despite its ownership of YouTube which is notorious for its nefarious comments. . .
“There were threats of demonetizing The Federalist and numerous other complaints of viewpoints and aggression,” Armstrong said. “It’s a legitimate question as to whether Google’s market power insulates it from loss of revenue normally associated with offending half the people who use your product. I also think it’s a legitimate question to ask if other attempts to regulate your industries have worked.” (Read more from “Google Admits It’s Trying to Monopolize the Ad Market” HERE)
Conservatives List Allegations of Big Tech Bias Amid Tense Hearing Appearance
By Fox News. House Republicans took tech CEOs to task over allegations that their companies intentionally blocked or otherwise censored conservative ideas. . .
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., also piled on the tech giants, asking Zuckerberg why he fired Facebook exec Palmer Luckey after Luckey gave $10,000 to an organization opposing Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“When you fire people as a consequence of their politics, do you think that impacts the culture and perhaps empowers some of the content moderators to also treat people worse as a consequence of their politics?” Gaetz asked. Zuckerberg denied that he did this.
Later in the day, Jordan told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson what could happen to the tech companies if they engage in censorship.
“You got to work on Section 230, we’re looking at that,” Jordan said, referring to the law that says platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are not publishers and thus cannot be sued for statements other people make on their sites. (Read more from “Conservatives List Allegations of Big Tech Bias Amid Tense Hearing Appearance” HERE)