The first Senate hearing last month with Big Tech CEOs at Twitter, Facebook, and Google was a bit mundane. They were discussing Section 230 protection and all came voluntarily. The second hearing, tomorrow, is mandated through subpoena and will deal with the elephant in the room: Big Tech censorship, particularly as it pertains to the 2020 elections.
According to Senator Josh Hawley, a whistleblower informed him that not only is there censorship, but that it’s coordinated between Big Tech companies.
I’ve heard from @Facebook whistleblower who revealed @Facebook and @Google and @Twitter coordinate to censor. Facebook has an internal platform to manage it. I’ll be asking Mark Zuckerberg and @jack about this at tomorrow’s hearing
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 16, 2020
These tech CEOs—Sundar Pichai at Alphabet (Google), Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, and Jack Dorsey at Twitter—are adept at playing dumb and claiming that censorship doesn’t exist. But if Hawley can present them with whistleblower evidence of coordinated censorship, they may be sweating a bit more than usual. And as Hawley noted, Facebook allegedly has an internal platform to manage it all.
There is little doubt that Big Tech censors conservatives and Republicans. It also seems apparent that they coordinate their efforts. Will we get to see real answers to tough questions tomorrow? Josh Hawley thinks we will.
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