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ICYMI: “Tech feuding flares on the Hill as Haugen’s star power fades”


12.03.21

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans on Wednesday probed Democrats and Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen on Democrat-led policies that would actually lead to more censorship by Big Tech.  

BOTTOM LINE: Democrats have transformed into the Party of Censorship. They tried to use Wednesday’s Big Tech hearing as an opportunity to push for more control over what they determine Americans should say, post, think and do. And there is no doubt who they want to silence – conservatives.  

E&C Republicans exposed the Democrats’ dangerous efforts to silence Americans and grilled Haugen about whether she supports free speech or more censorship on Big Tech platforms.  

Daily Caller: “House Republicans also pressed key witnesses including former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who has called for increased federal oversight of social media platforms’ content moderation decisions. 

“While both parties lobbied for Section 230 reforms, their reasons for doing so and their proposals diverged considerably; Republicans stressed the dangers of tech companies censoring online speech, particularly conservative political content, and Democrats decried the threat posed by social media misinformation.” 

POLITICO: “… the tough questioning from some GOP members… show that [Frances Haugen’s] star power may be dwindling — and that her credibility with Republican lawmakers may be starting to wear thin. 

“Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) were among the lawmakers who grilled, snubbed or interrupted Haugen in a manner unseen at the Senate hearing in October.”

Washington Times: “Two former Facebook workers’ testimony to House lawmakers on Wednesday revealed that a major barrier to any new crackdown by Congress on big tech is the divergent views of Democrats and Republicans on censorship.  

One former Facebook worker called for any tech crackdown to yield ‘less censorship,’ while the other ex-employee refused to say whether tech companies should censor Americans’ speech.” 

CLICK HERE for more information on Energy and Commerce Republican efforts to hold Big Tech accountable.   

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