Rape Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is among the heads of some of the nation’s biggest tech companies on Wednesday – blasting leaders of Google, Facebook and other tech giants “for taking out conservatives”.
Speaking during a remote house judiciary subcommittee meeting on anti-trust legislation, Jordan closed a list on precedents where major tech and social media companies voiced their concerns about tech’s role in the upcoming election in November Had censored or removed positions from conservative MPs or thinkers before telling them.
“I’ll cut right to the chase,” Jordan said. “Big technology is out to get conservative … it’s a fact.”
Jordan focused much of his ire on Twitter – whose leader was not present at the hearing – after the company’s “shadow ban” in 2018. The company told Jordan that it was a glitch in his algorithm that blocked him.
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Jordan said, “If I found out every time it was just a mess, I wouldn’t be rich like our witnesses.”
Jordan’s comments during opening statements marked the start of the grilling, with four Big Tech CEOs – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook hearing both Democratic and Republican lawmakers Taken during
Four tech CEOs order gold-laced brands, corporations with millions or billions of customers, and a combined value compared to the entire German economy. One of them, Bezos, is the world’s richest man; Zuckerberg is the fourth-ranked billionaire.
Critics question whether companies inhibit competition and innovation, raise prices for consumers and pose a threat to society.
In its bipartisan investigation, the Judiciary Subcommittee collected testimony from mid-level executives of four firms, competitors and legal experts, and worked on more than one million internal documents from the companies. An important question: whether existing competition policies and century-old conflicting laws are sufficient to oversee Tech veterans, or if new law and enforcement financing is needed.
Representative David Cicilline, DR.I., the chairman of the subcommittee, has called the four companies monopolies, although he says breaking them should be a last resort. While a forced breakup appears unlikely, Big Tech’s extensive investigation points to potential new restrictions on its power.
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“Simply put, they have a lot of power,” Cicillin said in an early comment Wednesday, as he kept data pointing to the power of four tech companies as the essential cog of commerce and communications.
He also said that in the wake of the coronovirus pandemic, “these giants stand for profit” and become even more powerful as their work and commerce millions of people go online.
Companies face legal and political offenses on manifold fronts from Congress, the Trump administration, federal and state regulators, and the European Watchdog. The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are investigating the practices of the four companies.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.