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Op-Ed: Leader Rodgers, Seth Dillon, and Big Tech Task Force Members Propose Solutions to Hold Big Tech Accountable for Censoring Americans


08.03.22

Big Tech companies abuse their power by actively and aggressively working against free speech and robust debate on their platforms by silencing content they disagree with. These companies flag, suppress, and outright ban users and their content for not aligning with the woke liberal agenda.  

Just this past week, Facebook began flagging posts—including from economists—that disputed President Biden’s egregious attempt to redefine an economic recession. Big Tech also attacked free speech when they flagged and blocked posts from conservative satire website The Babylon Bee. 

Big Tech should not be the arbiters of truth, jokes, or any form of legitimate public debate. In a recent column for the New York Post, House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon, and members of the House Republican Big Tech Task Force denounce the actions of Big Tech to censor Americans and outline solutions to hold these platforms accountable. 

Here are a few key excerpts and highlights from the New York Post column: 

“For the crime of posting content that doesn’t fit the woke liberal agenda, Big Tech flags, suppresses and outright bans users from its platforms. 

“Consider how these companies target the Babylon Bee, a conservative satire website. The headline ‘CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication’ caught the attention of Facebook’s fact-checkers. Facebook attached a warning label to the article and threatened to reduce distribution and monetization if the Bee continued to post information disputed by Facebook’s fact-checkers. This was an attack on the Bee’s ability to run its business. 

“Facebook says its approach to ‘misinformation’ is to address misleading claims that have the potential to cause harm. But who was in danger of being harmed here? In censoring comedy, Facebook isn’t protecting its community from harm, but rather protecting particular targets of jokes from criticism. The only harm in that context is to our right to speak (and joke) freely. 

“Twitter’s tolerance for satire is lower. Twitter completely silenced the Babylon Bee and is holding its account hostage until it deletes a tweet about a transgender public figure in the Biden administration, Dr. Rachel Levine. The tweet, which linked to a satirical story titled, “The Babylon Bee’s Man of the Year is Rachel Levine,” was a response to USA Today naming Dr. Levine as one of its “women of the year.” Twitter labeled the Bee’s post “hateful conduct” and is keeping its account locked until it admits wrongdoing and deletes the tweet. 

“Big Tech is also suppressing legitimate debates and information. Google, Facebook and Twitter suppressed information about the potential COVID-19 lab leak. Many of these policies were reversed only after Democrats, including President Joe Biden, began taking the theory seriously. 

“Big Tech abused its power again when it censored the credible Hunter Biden laptop story by the New York Post and locked The Post out of its account. It does all of this by hiding behind vague rules, automated email responses and arbitrary review periods. It isn’t a fair fight.” 

CLICK HERE to read the full column.  

Here is what members of the House Republican Big Tech Task Force are saying: 

Leader Rodgers and Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans have also been sounding the alarm on the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to pressure Big Tech companies to censor speech it disagrees with and silence Americans. 

July 2021 189 Republican Members of Congress urged the Biden administration to abandon their censorship mission and respond to inquiries regarding their coordination with social media companies to censor Americans.  

March 2022 Republican Leaders condemned the Surgeon General’s ongoing pressure campaign on Big Tech to silence Americans.  

April 2022Leader Rodgers urged Democrats and President Biden to abandon their censorship mission and that the establishment of a ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ was un-American.” 

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