In a recent tweet, presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard discussed her stance on big tech’s suppression of free speech. Gabbard came out against the suppression of speech by both big government and big tech companies. She stood to defend free speech, civil liberties, and privacy, calling them “essential to our American values.” Many believe that free speech has been in danger of suppression recently.
Google, the worlds largest search engine, is under fire for allegedly discriminating against conservative newsgroups in its recently introduced “fact checker”, as it is almost exclusively available for conservative news providers.
The Daily Caller, one of the sites affected by this new offering, wrote in an article, “When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled Reviewed Claims.”
This is shown below, where “disputed claims” are listed for sites such as The Daily Caller and Breitbart but not Huffington Post or CNN.
Such a trend is proving to be dangerous, as the tech industry is consistently propagating their viewpoints in subliminal and unreported ways. This is seen now in Google’s “fact checker”, which is just the latest example of censorship, adding to Twitter’s blacklist, and Patreon’s censorship.
This brings about a new era of censorship, and thus a new era of contentious debate regarding whether or not we allow these companies to censor content ensues. I would contend that we need to be cautious in our approach.
Although it is important the 1st amendment is protected for the fringe groups on social media it is equally important we protect the opinions of the equity-holders and individuals representing companies like Google and Twitter.
We cannot use it as an excuse for government intervention, for if we do we would be just as bad as the left. If we truly want to bring about a change we must voice our opinions and we, inevitably, will be heard.