President Trump has claimed that the radical media giants have total command and control over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Google and has vowed that his administration is going to put and end to it.
On Friday the president also thanked his “Keyboard Warriors” for their support, as they accused these tech firms of censorship. Trump was replying directly to Michelle Malkin, a controversial right-wing pundit and opponent of Big Tech censorship.
Conservatives have long maintained that Silicon Valley firms have it in for them.
The ‘deplatforming’ of prominent conservative figures like InfoWars host Alex Jones and ‘Proud Boys’ founder Gavin McInnes substantiate their claims of bias, as do leaks, reports, and admissions revealing a bias among executives at Google, Twitter, and Facebook.
These same arguments have been made by fringe leftists too, who accuse the platforms of censoring anything that goes against the status quo, regardless of partisan politics.
Trump’s administration has moved against the Silicon Valley behemoths in other ways though. According to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department has been running an antitrust investigation into Google since last year.
A group of state attorneys general are pursuing a similar investigation into Google, which controls 90% of the world’s web searches. Additionally, Facebook and Amazon are both being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, Congress, and state attorneys general.
These investigations, however, are not aimed at the platform’s free-speech policies, but their alleged monopolistic behavior. On free speech, Trump has spoken loudly, but as of yet has taken little concrete action.
News Punch / ABC Flash Point News 2020.