Is there such a thing as a social media Democrat/left monopoly? Have the major search engines become political advocates/activists/manipulators for the Democrat Party? Are they intentionally attacking and suppressing conservatives?
The evidence is heavy that they do. And now Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, is suggesting that something may have to be done about it.
From Daniel Chaitin’s article for the Washington Examiner:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday there may be a need for Google to testify after the company’s search engine showed results linking Republicans to “Nazism.”
Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, the California Republican framed the issue as one in which tech monopolies “should be reined in” and called for a new search engine to compete against Google that doesn’t “censor” conservatives.
“I think there’s a free market solution here if somebody can compete with Google. If they can’t, then ultimately we’re looking at monopolies and then that brings in a whole other set of circumstances is — are these companies; Facebook, Twitter, Google, apple, etc.; are they monopolies and should they be reined in,” Nunes said on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”
“I would hope we don’t have to go there. I would hope that they just don’t get involved in politics and don’t censor conservatives and Republicans, but if they continue to do it then we have to move obviously to hearings on these issues,” he added.
If Google’s connecting of California Republicans and naziism were a random error, that would be one thing. But this blog, and many others – some of them generally sympathetic to Democrats -have been chronicling the ongoing series of such “errors”, including suspension/cancellation of accounts for daring to promote conservative points, for years.
Rep. Nunes is correct in his assessment.
Search engines like Google and social media venues like Facebook, Twitter, etc. should – must – be free of politics. The standards they set must apply equally to all sides. If not, these venues are not benign avenues of information/communication, they are advocacy organizations. And if we’re talking silicon valley, we’re talking about a political one-way street.
One last thing: if this country installs a Democrat-majority House of Representatives in November, you can bet your bottom dollar any effort to address this issue ceases to exist on January 1, 2019.