Sen. Cruz Suggests Solutions for Tech Giants “Threatening Our Democratic Processes”

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that antitrust laws should be used to curb the “massive power” of Facebook and other tech companies who are threatening democratic processes through censorship.

He said:

“I think, number one, the growing power of tech to censor speech is a profound threat. We’re seeing now some two-thirds of Americans are getting their news through social media, and these tech companies are hard-left. They are partisan Democrats, and what we’re seeing is they’re amplifying the views they agree with, those of liberal Democrats, and they are suppressing the views of conservatives. They are blocking conservatives.”

“The scope of the power is truly unprecedented. You think back to the heights of yellow journalism when publisher William Randolph Hearst controlled much of media and in fact got America into the Spanish-American War. These tech companies have power William Randolph Hearst could never have imagined. The ability, if there’s a view they dislike, simply to silence it so that if you put a post out there if you put a tweet out there, it simply goes into the void, into oblivion, and no one sees it. Likewise, they have the ability, if there are views they want to promote, to just have everything on your feed be the views they want to promote. That is invidious. It is invisible, and it is profoundly dangerous.”

He made his comments during a Tuesday interview with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on Breitbart News Tonight.

These tech companies have untold power, never seen before. And, Cruz added, “…they have the ability, if there are views they want to promote, to just have everything on your feed be the views they want to promote. That is invidious. It is invisible, and it is profoundly dangerous,” Cruz said.

He suggests there are two solutions:

One is a congressional response. They are protected because they are allegedly “neutral public forums”. Under the Communications Decency Act, section 230, they can’t be sued. That is only if they are neutral. It protects them from lawsuits, but if they are not neutral, they are not protected from Congress.

“A second remedy is considering using anti-trust laws. By any measure, Facebook is larger and more powerful than Standard Oil was the antitrust laws broke it up. It’s larger and more power than AT&T was when antitrust laws broke it up and given that, I think we need to have serious consideration about the massive power we’re seeing of these tech companies to subvert our democratic process.”

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  1. sorry to be paying myself compliments here but I said over a year ago, maybe 2 years ago that one day the government would have to do to facebook, google and a few other giants the same thing they did to Standard oil.

    and I am damn happy to see I was right and happy that I am not alone to see things this way

    • And a monopoly on information is more dangerous than on oil. Imagine the benefits of increased competition.

  2. Interesting hearing in House Judiciary regarding Social Media. Diamond and Silk were outspoken as usual and did not bend to Rep. Henry Johnson of Ga., nor to Rep. Jackson-Lee’s demand for “respect”.

    Interesting who Was and was Not at the hearing. Those absent have been outspoken in other matters but today were no-shows, including Darrell Issa, Jim Jordan, Ted Poe, Trey Gowdy, Ron DeSantis, John Ratcliffe, Matt Gaetz, among a few others. Apparently this subject poses little interest to these Representatives.

    Most all the Democrats decided to go full off-topic whether guns, Parkland or Mueller. Some of their questions were based upon a complete misunderstanding of the issue. Several used the example of FoxNews and whether or not they should be compelled to host divergent content. Surprisingly even the legal expert, along with the Democrats, failed to realize it’s an issue of “end-product” verses a “platform” For content. FoxNews is the End Product carried by cable, internet etc. It’s a question of “Host” verses “End Product” that is in question here. Facebook, and Google, Twitter, are Hosting Platforms that serve up products which are the content creators.

    I wasn’t aware Diamond and Silk actually PAID Facebook to increase their reach. Without knowing all the details I suspect Facebook could face legal jeopardy because of THAT part of the story and how they acted in response.

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