For Immediate Release: July 14, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: Google was hit with fines in both Germany and France this week totalling nearly $600 million. One case related to censorship of a COVID-19 lockdown protest video, the other for treatment of copyrights and content publishers.
“Frustration has boiled over into court action against Big Tech in Europe, and it’s time the United States took action too,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “The era of COVID-19 has put Big Tech in the crosshairs of citizens and governments as corporate behemoths have taken upon themselves the mantle of deciding what is and is not worthy of Free Speech. Their censorship of both private citizens and public figures is especially frightening.
“This ‘we know best attitude’ spills over to the debate about Big Tech’s treatment of publishers and content creators. From America to France to Australia, Google and the social media ‘overlords’ are facing harsh criticism and now court fines over their handling of information and content publishers.”
Martin remarked, “It’s high time U.S. courts and Congress get into the fight against these Big Tech behemoths. Their growing power and egos must be addressed now before they become more powerful than government itself.”