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Will Social Media Companies Be Regulated?
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Make no mistake: they don’t like you, and they want to silence you.

And whereas “they” at least once attempted to hide their disdain for conservatives, today America’s leading technology companies are all but celebrating it.

Each day greets us with yet another egregious example of censorship and an equally egregious excuse for Big Tech’s authoritarian posturing.

Consider recent videos by Project Veritas that demonstrate perfectly the political bias of Google, perhaps the most powerful company in the world; YouTube’s demonetization of conservative comedian and commentator Steven Crowder; or Facebook’s sweeping under the rug of articles from conservative outlets in its news feed.

The list goes on. And on. And on.

Big Tech may be composed of numerous platforms, but it’s united by a single ideology that is unapologetically pro-woke and anti-free speech.

Things have gotten so out of hand that the Trump administration may finally take action. Per Politico:

The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies … a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore “all regulatory and legislative solutions” on the issue.

Anyone who thinks Trump is overreaching here simply hasn’t been paying attention. Comparisons of today’s Big Tech censorship to George Orwell’s 1984 are so plentiful, and have proven so accurate, they now border on cliché.

Perhaps the only distinguishable difference between Orwell’s Thought Police and Silicon Valley is that while the former was led by an all-controlling government obsessed with keeping its citizens ignorant, our current informational dystopia is presided over by a private industry cabal.

It seems that Big Tech has finally demonstrated to the Left the efficiency and effectiveness of the private sector; after all, the Democratic Party need not fret over conservative counterarguments when their friends in the Bay Area simply erase them.

Trump’s proposed action comes in the wake of calls for Big Tech’s regulation from a growing number of conservatives, a position many view as contradictory to the laissez-faire economics espoused by the Right.

But these companies have been all too happy to seemingly serve the public interest while using proprietary rights to remain immune from the restrictions that come with such power.

Policies such as the Fairness Doctrine and the equal-time rule were deemed necessary because television networks and radio stations served as gatekeepers of information for the citizenry, and a partisan monopoly on these entities would greatly harm the ability of Americans to remain informed.

When more than two-thirds of Americans get their news from social media, shouldn’t the same rules apply? While we may have replaced rabbit ears with Twitter handles, the need for both sides of the story remains.

Simply put, Big Tech threatens to replace America’s once plentiful marketplace of ideas with bleak breadlines; the cornucopia of information that kept America great is in serious danger of being rationed by a small group of Silicon Valley’s far-left elite who are only becoming more powerful. Last year saw a 10-percent increase from the previous year in lobbying dollars by the five largest U.S. tech companies.

It’s only a matter of time before they begin to control the political process itself. In fact, some believe they already do.

Psychologist Robert Epstein estimates that Big Tech may be able to tilt the scales of the next election by up to 12 million votes in 2020, and former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee has gone on the record to state that his former company uses its vast control of online information to intentionally sway voters.

For nearly three years we’ve been subjected to countless, and baseless, claims of foreign interference in our elections. But what about interference from right here at home?

The danger posed by Big Tech censorship is apparent even to some Democrats. Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is suing Google for $50 million for suspending her ad account following a flurry of popularity on the search engine after her performance in the first primary debate.

These companies profess neutrality, but given their record of misleading the American public, such declarations ring hollow.

Just months ago Mark Zuckerberg assured Congress that Facebook, with nearly two-and-a-half billion accounts worldwide, was not in the business of selling users’ data, a claim that was quickly proven false. And Twitter’s assertions that it doesn’t “shadow ban” conservatives was so laughable that the social network, which also has a record of suspending conservative accounts, was forced to change the manner in which prominent accounts are displayed.

Considering their influence on the public, and their denials to Congress, why are these companies not being punished? The answer is simple: they are already far too powerful. If in their relative infancy they are above reproach, imagine the Leviathan they will become over the coming years and decades.

Big Tech is rapidly dominating every aspect of our lives, from logistics to health care to entertainment. They have a near monopoly on the development of technologies that will shape society for decades, if not centuries.

Simply put, these companies’ disdain for half the population’s political beliefs poses a grave threat to the future of the country, and it’s doubtful they will become more ethical as they become more powerful.

Should Trump fail to act, his legacy, and America’s most cherished ideals, will pay a heavy price.

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