Tag: big tech censorship

With everyone talking about Big  Tech these days, Jack brings on his National Review colleague Daniel Tenreiro to discuss whether the companies are monopolies, what (if anything) should be done about their business practices, which anti-Big-Tech arguments hold water and which don’t, and more.

Ep. 270 – Jeff Brain, CEO & Founder at CloutHub discusses how social media Tech Titans Facebook and Twitter used censorship to impact the Presidential Election. What is the future for the platforms, will Trump achieve changes for Section 230, and what does the future for Social Media look like with new platforms like CloutHub coming on strong.

They are who we thought they were; will we let them win anyway?

 

Ballot boxAll this noise about Twitter and Facebook is a bit rich. All the usual current conservative suspects are striking all the right poses, making much sound and fury, signifying nothing beyond their next career move. Sorry, but that is the hard truth. They are who we thought they were; will we let them win anyway?* It is left to the little people to act in this election where the great are trapped in their old illusions.

The villainous Lyin’ Ryan and Senate Republican’ts, led by the deeply China compromised Mitch McConnell, knew and understood the clearly communicated threats from Twitter and Facebook following the 2016 election. We need not rehearse these platforms’ open responses to their candidate being defeated, by operation of our constitutional republic, at the moment they thought would be their ultimate triumph, the left’s answer to the neoconservatives’ premature declaration of the end of history a quarter century earlier.

Ted Cruz was elected in 2012 and has maintained a high profile posture as a constitutional conservative since 2013. Beyond reading a very nice story to his daughters and the nation’s children in a televised filibuster, what precisely has he accomplished in the Senate? Josh Hawley was elected in 2018, so has been a Senator and part of a new, larger Republican majority since 2019. What did he and the other self-styled conservatives extract out of Mitch and the boys as a condition of letting Mitch keep his very lucrative position? Not a blessed thing. None of your heroes made any real move, with the leverage of a growing conservative/populist faction, to compel an immediate course change and real investigation of the real corruption, collusion, election interference, and coup attempt. No one moved to actually repeal the special legal status of Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. It took the self-destruction this year of that weasel, Senator Richard Burr, to Intel chair, Mitch, and the gang’s boy, to produce even an illusion of a real fight on our corrupt intelligence bureaucracies.

Heather Mac Donald joins Brian Anderson to discuss how academic institutions responded to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and how academia’s monolithic belief in systemic racism has fueled recent riots across the United States. She also answers questions from a livestream audience.

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Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the danger of big tech censorship for the American public. Rep. Buck’s new book, “Capitol Freedom: Restoring American Greatness,” is out now.

Many Republicans argue all private companies ought to remain unfettered by government intervention, but Buck argues that big tech companies such as Google don’t use the extreme level of power they wield over free speech fairly. He debunked the idea that there’s no relationship between privacy and size, saying that if these companies didn’t have a monopoly on free speech, they couldn’t get away with their actions.