Over the past few years, we have witnessed many Big Tech hearings in the Senate where our elected officials grilled CEOS of companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, all of whom are accused of censoring their users.
What’s frustrating is that censorship is a direct violation of our Constitutional right to freedom of speech, yet none of these hearings have ever seemed to amount to anything substantial.
Not one of the companies has paid a price for silencing their political opposition—also known as conservatives. They even shamelessly censor the President of the United States, and still no action is taken.
However, in the latest hearing held on Tuesday, one big tech CEO finally admitted to wrongdoing against his platform’s users – although it’s debatable whether he considers his company’s actions “wrong” or not.
When asked why he removed the “Stop the Steal” Facebook group made up of 300,000 Trump supporters, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the Judiciary Committee that he was concerned it might “incite violence.”
Zuckerberg told Senator Dianne Feinstein, “Senator, I am very worried about this, especially any misinformation or content that could incite violence and during such a volatile period like this one of our top priorities is making sure that people don’t use our platform to organize any violence or civil unrest.”
Although the “Stop the Steal” group was created to protest voter fraud rigging the election against Trump, Zuckerberg insisted that it posed an imminent threat to the public.
“And that was the basis under which we took down that group because there were a number of members that were posting potentially violent or encouraging violent comments that violated our policies,” he continued.
There you have it. Zuckerberg just admitted to taking down a massive group with hundreds of thousands of members advocating for honest elections.
If he is going to claim that the group was inciting violence, then he should be required to provide proof, especially when he is being accused of targeting a specific political affiliation.
Until we have that proof, should we not assume the group was innocent until proven guilty?
Furthermore, even if there were specific individuals inciting violence, why was the ENTIRE group removed rather than those individuals?
These are the questions that should be asked, but unfortunately, it’s likely that Zuckerberg will walk away with no repercussions, free to do it again on a whim.
I, along with many other Americans, are tired of pointless hearings that see no results. It’s time we crack down on Big Tech, break up their monopolies, and end their arbitrary censorship.