They have constantly censored conservative content and even went so far as banning the 45th President of the United States from their platforms. Now the Indiana Attorney General, Todd Rokita, is fighting back.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Indiana AG has launched an investigation into five of the major big tech companies for censoring conservative content. It was announced via a statement from his office.
The Daily Wire shared: The statement from Rokita’s office said that the investigation centered around whether the companies “have potentially harmed Indiana consumers through business practices that are abusive, deceptive and/or unfair.”
“In particular, Attorney General Rokita is probing methods by which the companies have limited consumers’ access to certain content — often deleting or obscuring posted material reflecting a politically conservative point of view,” the statement said. “Such manipulation prevents consumers from making informed choices.”
“In a free society, few assets are more important to consumers than access to information and the opportunity to express political viewpoints in meaningful forums,” Rokita said. “It is potentially harmful and unfair for these companies to manipulate content in ways they do not publicly discuss or that consumers do not fully understand.”
Attorney Vanita Gupta, a leftist on Joe Biden’s list for associate attorney general at the Department of Justice, is in Rokitas spotlight after she wants to “encourage the companies to censor conservative viewpoints.” These companies are Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
Gupta “has allegedly met with Facebook and Twitter executives to urge ‘more rigorous rules and enforcement,’ to use her own words as quoted in Time.” “Gupta, according to the Time article, stressed that it was important for social media platforms to be ‘tagging things and taking them down,’” the statement added.
In a report resented to the house last year, it was determined that there is a “‘monopoly power’ in key business segments and have abused their dominance in the marketplace, in a full-throated condemnation of the giants,” CNN reported.
The report said that the companies have “too much power” and that their power “must be reined in and subject to appropriate oversight and enforcement.” The Daily Wire said
“The Subcommittee’s series of hearings produced significant evidence that these firms wield their dominance in ways that erode entrepreneurship, degrade Americans’ privacy online, and undermine the vibrancy of the free and diverse press,” the report said. “The result is less innovation, fewer choices for consumers, and a weakened democracy.”
“Much like the railroad tycoons and telecom barons of yesteryear, modern-day tech giants have amassed tremendous market share over vital levers of commerce — search engines, app stores and social media services,” CNN added. “But unlike prior monopolistic industries, the subcommittee attorney said, tech companies have successfully used the data they accumulate in one area of business to gain tremendous advantages when they expand into related businesses.”