Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
I’ve shared my opinions about Big Tech on multiple occasions. So have many of our other writers here at Civil Patriot. One of my biggest concerns over the past year—almost equal to my concerns about election fraud and the COVID lockdowns—is that Big Tech is censoring anyone who dares speak against the approved narrative.
We’ve addressed our particular concerns in other pieces, but today I wanted to share about the unchecked power of Big Tech. They have, in essence, become our new masters. Even the ACLU (a liberal organization) sees the problem. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is no fan of President Trump, was upset that he was banned from social media.
It’s ludicrous, all of it.
I won’t waste your time sharing all of the horrific and intrusive things Big Tech platforms have done. You already know, anyway. I will just say that there’s a move by politicians to squelch the power of these organizations, and I’m fully onboard with that idea. We need to limit their over-arching abilities so that they can stop limiting our right to freedom of speech.
Let’s start with a battle going on in Florida, where legislation that seeks to increase transparency in Big Tech and fight back against censorship is soaring through the Florida House. It cleared its second committee stop on Monday.
Republicans are worried about the power of Big Tech, naturally. They’re primarily the ones being targeted, after all. Florida State Senator Danny Burgess (R) had this to say:
“I think that everybody should, at least if we’re being intellectually honest, be able to agree that yeah, there is a double standard here.”
His legislation would require social media companies to inform users why their accounts were blocked or disabled within 30 days of action being taken on the accounts.
“The notice is provided to the user, no matter who they are or what they do and you know, just to let them know why,” he said.
Some Democrats are worried for a different reason. They seem to be more concerned that Republicans are only pushing these bills through to get even after Trump was censored.
(Would it be wrong for me to add, “So what?”)
A similar bill is working its way through the House, but it goes further. It demands that social media companies publish standards for censorship and to apply them consistently.
These seem like common sense things to me.
The bill would impose fines on social media platforms for de-platforming political candidates.
Again, common sense. If you ban one candidate but not the other, haven’t you just changed the entire course of the election?
Then again, that seems to be the plan. From my Point of View, Big Tech is nothing more than an arm of the Democrat Party, anyway. But maybe that’s just me.
Another battle against Big Tech is taking place in Colorado. U.S. Rep Ken Buck (lead Republican on the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law) believes it’s time for a reckoning. He had this to say:
“I started learning more and more about these Big Tech monopoly platforms and how they were abusing their position and really crushing competition in the marketplace,” Buck told The Post in an interview. “As a (former) prosecutor, I was really offended by their conduct. It is, to me, borderline criminal.”
This is equally as terrifying as the way they’re lashing out at conservatives. Big Tech is actually shutting down businesses. They’re affecting the livelihoods of the everyday man and woman.
Buck is working on the 24-person panel led by Democrats. They’ve spent over a year investigating Big Tech’s biggest billionaires. They have put together a scathing 450-page report, which released in October. In it, they accuse these giants of acting as monopolies.
A friend of Buck’s serves on the subcommittee alongside him. Rep Joe Neguse is a progressive Democrat. A liberal. He has stated that he believes that “documentary evidence we amassed during the course of the investigation” made it apparent there’s a problem. “I have been very clear that I believe Facebook, for example, is a monopoly,” he added.
It is, indeed. And it’s time we stopped these new “Masters” from amassing any more power before they take complete control of our lives.