Sen. Josh Hawley known as Big Tech the “greatest threat” to American liberty, accusing the social media giants of interfering within the 2020 presidential election and censoring conservative voices in an try to press their “woke agenda.”
The Missouri Republican has had the tech giants in his crosshairs since being elected to the Senate in November 2018, warning in an interview with Fox News revealed Sunday that they’re “so ubiquitous, so powerful, they are more powerful by the day.”
Hawley mentioned Big Tech “interfered big time” within the election, noting how Twitter and Facebook blocked The Post’s means to flow into its expose about Hunter Biden’s dealings with overseas governments whereas his father was vice chairman.
He additionally slammed their determination to “de-platform” former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol for “further incitement of violence.”
“These are folks that want to try to impose their agenda – and it is a leftist, woke agenda – on the country,” Hawley mentioned, including that Big Tech “wants to tell people what you can post, wants to control the news, control what people read and what journalism looks like.”
Hawley, within the Fox News interview to advertise his new e-book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” argues that the “corporate press, corporate media, and corporate monopolies” wished “canceled.”
The e-book, scheduled to be revealed on May 4, was alleged to be revealed by Simon & Schuster, however the e-book writer dropped Hawley as a consumer after he and several other different Republicans voted towards certifying the presidential election in a number of battleground states for President Biden on Jan. 6.
“The irony is, the book is about the control Big Tech has over our politics, and over our society, and it was Big Tech that led the effort to get this canceled,” Hawley instructed Fox News.
“I think it was a petition drive that started on Twitter – certainly was amplified by Twitter, that caused the corporate publisher to say we ought to back away from this,” Hawley defined.
He mentioned he’s “grateful” for impartial publishers like Regnery Publishing, which can launch his e-book.
“This is a book that corporate leftists don’t want anybody to read, and for good reason,” he mentioned. “This is all about how big tech and mega corporations are working hand-in-hand with big government to try to run our country, silence our speech, and take over our government.”
“And we have to stop them,” mentioned Hawley, who has urged his fellow Republicans to interrupt up the Big Tech “oligarchs” and launched the “Bust Up Big Tech Act.”
“Facebook currently owns Facebook, but also Instagram, and they also want to have their own currency, or something like it,” Hawley mentioned. “Google owns not just Google search, but Gmail, and all of these other products, and cloud computing services, and they own YouTube.”
“One company should not be allowed to have all of these different platforms,” Hawley added.
His invoice would put restrictions on what merchandise may very well be bought in on-line marketplaces.
For instance, it might cease “Amazon from marketing their own retail goods alongside those of other sellers or providing online hosting or cloud services to an ever-growing swath of the internet—including competitors,” his invoice says.
It would additionally authorize the Federal Trade Commission to strengthen antitrust enforcement.