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April 07, 2021
IN Attorney General Launches Important Investigation into Big Tech, Alleges 'Censoring Content'
Big Tech's "perceived" unfair business practices toward conservatives remain a problem. The word perceived is in scare quotes because you most likely were on a Big Tech platform when you clicked this link. And, you know. Republicans had a chance to do something about it when they had both the White House and the Senate. They were undefeated at giving speeches. When it came to putting wins on the board, they made the New York Jets look like they suck less. With leftists in full control of Washington, D.C., dealing with Big Tech needs to be done at the state level. Ron DeSantis led in 2021 by announcing new legislation. Indiana Attorney General Todd Roikta stepped up and launched an investigation into the big five over censoring conservative content: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
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. Such manipulation prevents consumers from making informed choices, Attorney General Rokita said.
Rokita ran into a related issue earlier this year. Twitter isolated and tagged a tweet of his as promoting election fraud. Possibly even causing violence. This is the tweet:
To compare, BlueAnon conspiracy theorist Elizabeth Warren is still up with this tweet calling into question the 2018 election. There isn't a fact check about Warren's tweet "making a disputed claim of election fraud." Which gets to Rokita's point. Rules aren't applied equally and appear to be applied based on political leanings. Also, in this example, unlike Elizabeth Warren, Rokita's tweet is an obvious joke. Obvious to everyone except people who work at Twitter.
The release announcing the investigation also made an interesting claim tying the Biden administration to the issue:
Vanita Gupta, who is President Joe Biden's nominee to be associate U.S. attorney general, 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."
Right now this is just the announcement of an investigation. Investigations could take years. It's the main reason why Republicans pulling their heads out of their heinyholes and doing something when they had the power to do so would have been nice. What makes Roitka's investigation important is that we have to start somewhere. The investigation may only just have started, but at least it started. Investigations can lead to laws being changed or, at the very least, the start of an important legal debate. After Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas signaled he might be open to the idea that Big Tech has grown too powerful and needs to be reined in. If more states like Indiana step up and start investigating, it helps build the case.
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