The Democratic-Socialist controlled Congress has summoned big tech CEO’s from Facebook, Twitter and Google to appear before them for the third time since the 2020 Election. They are called before the House Energy & Commerce Committee to answer for “misinformation and disinformation plaguing online platforms.” Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Pichai of the three mega-corporations have become regular fixtures in the halls of a government that is steadily co-opting and coercing every facet of American life. Especially now as the Democrats continue their ongoing hostile takeover, seeking to expel 147 Republican Congressmen and at least 3 Senators, the control of information must be absolute for their plans to succeed.
Coercion By A Hostile Congress
The Energy & Commerce Committee issued a particularly terrifying statement on the hearing. They are attacking these platforms for “misinformation” and “falsehoods”, but the only truth the Democrats in power are interested in is THEIR “truth”. In their “truth”, the 2020 election was “the most secure election in American history” despite mountains of evidence of at minimum irregularities and likely massive fraud.
“Whether it be falsehoods about the COVID-19 vaccine or debunked claims of election fraud, these online platforms have allowed misinformation to spread, intensifying national crises with real-life, grim consequences for public health and safety,” the chairs said.
Some of these lines sound more like something you would hear in a future dystopia, not in the Halls of Congress.
“This hearing will continue the Committee’s work of holding online platforms accountable for the growing rise of misinformation and disinformation.
For far too long, big tech has failed to acknowledge the role they’ve played in fomenting and elevating blatantly false information to its online audiences. Industry self-regulation has failed.
We must begin the work of changing incentives driving social media companies to allow and even promote misinformation and disinformation.”
Free Speech Advocates Are Raising the Alarm
Glenn Greenwald formerly of The Intercept has brought light to this dire threat to American freedom of speech and expression. Greenwald wrote,
“House Democrats have made no secret of their ultimate goal with this hearing: to exert control over the content on these online platforms. “Industry self-regulation has failed,” they said, and therefore “we must begin the work of changing incentives driving social media companies to allow and even promote misinformation and disinformation.” In other words, they intend to use state power to influence and coerce these companies to change which content they do and do not allow to be published.
I’ve written and spoken at length over the past several years about the dangers of vesting the power in the state, or in tech monopolies, to determine what is true and false, or what constitutes permissible opinion and what does not. I will not repeat those points here.”
Even the ACLU a group which traditionally has sided with liberal Democrats has expressed concern over this latest Progressive-Socialist power-grab. Greenwald continued,
“Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, told me that while a constitutional analysis depends on a variety of factors including the types of threats issued and how much coercion is amassed, it is well-established that the First Amendment governs attempts by Congress to pressure private companies to censor:
For the same reasons that the Constitution prohibits the government from dictating what information we can see and read (outside narrow limits), it also prohibits the government from using its immense authority to coerce private actors into censoring on its behalf.”