U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has intently questioned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a full committee hearing examining Big Tech’s abuses of power, specifically suppressing free speech, silencing the free press, and undermining the integrity of our elections.
The issue of censorship once again raised it’s ugly head when Facebook self-imposed a ban on Republican political ads on Wednesday, allowing campaigns and parties to run digital ads only in Georgia, as the parties fight for Senate control in two runoffs.
In a statement released on its blog, Facebook said that while it’s allowing Georgia-specific political ads ahead of the Jan. 5 U.S. Senate and state runoffs, it would still reject ads that “target locations outside of Georgia or that are not about the Georgia runoff elections,” politico reported.
Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive,” happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others. Censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional, the ACLU says.
President Trump has persistently maintained that Big Tech censored articles wherein the President was presented in a positive light. Others say that the heavily left-supporting social media giants have declared war on conservatives. Trump issued an Executive Order that was partially censored by Facebook.
The President tried to include Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 into the Corona Virus Relief Bill but was not backed by Republicans and Democrats.
We are generally opposed to a bill that would make Big Tech’s platform sights liable for the content of the posts made by millions of people and entities. We prefer the open exchange of ideas and opinions, a process that fosters the robust discussions needed in a Democracy: We are opposed to platform owners using their controlled sights to promote their political ideas through the use of suppression and censorship: A revision to Section 230 should be designed and tailored to eliminate this abuse.