Big Tech companies claim to be the standard-bearers for the American right to free speech, but the facts don’t support this facade. In reality, they actively support the kind of riotous destruction that used to separate the rest of the world from peaceful discourse of Americans. In city after city led by weak Democratic mayors, police stood by while the lives and livelihoods of ordinary citizens went up in smoke. A police station was burned to the ground in Minneapolis and a federal law enforcement officer was shot and killed in Oakland. The insurrection spread to more than 30 cities.
At every turn, these riots have been fueled by socialists and anarchists who oppose President Trump and the Republican Party. They built a rebellion on three-and-a-half years of violent rantings against our president by elites in the liberal media and Democrats in Congress. These same elites consistently refuse to condemn the very violence their words call for. The handful of giant companies that control our channels of communication are profiting by fomenting strife and division. We know them as the Tech Giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter. They amplify voices of hatred while using monopoly power to essentially censor conservative voices.
It’s a well-known fact that Google uses secret algorithms that provide greater visibility to liberal websites and YouTube videos, while suppressing conservatives. According to a lawsuit in England, this is one way Google uses its market power to choke off competition. A court there told Google either to produce its website-ranking algorithm or drop its defense to a lawsuit. The Trump Administration shouldn’t have to wait for a British court to compel transparency by the American behemoth. The Federal Communications Commission should order Big Tech to disclose more than it has.
Big Tech may have an army of lawyers and lobbyists on their side, but the right to freely share ideas is too important to surrender. If division is the only message people are allowed to hear, it’s no wonder we see rioting in the streets. People deserve to have the chance to hear truth. No algorithm can take the place of open and honest public discourse.