Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard saw a lot during her eight years in Congress, including the ascendency of the big tech overlords whom she says are so powerful now it is impossible to regulate them.
And the reason is a familiar one: To paraphrase the song and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), it’s “all about the Benjamins.”
Money, in other words.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, Gabbard suggested it’s fruitless to expect Congress to revoke the tech giants’ liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act because even though lawmakers talk a big game, they’re beholden to the big tech bucks.
“What this comes down to is, section 230 gives them this legal immunity because the idea is that they are just this neutral platform, kind of like a town square,” said Gabbard.
“This is distinct and different from somebody like the New York Times, for example, or any major media platform that does not have legal immunity because they are publishers, and they do pick and choose what news stories they publish, what letters do the editor’s ar printed, what kind of op-eds are put on their platform, and they make those decisions knowing they are legally liable.”
Gabbard noted that these platforms are now acting as publishers as they are now making editorial decisions while maintaining a legal immunity under section 230.
Gabbard then discussed her recent legislation that would reform section 230, which would remove the broad protections provided by the law and make things a bit more precise in what Silicon Valley giants can get away with.
It seems like a pretty obvious move so why hasn’t it been done yet? Gabbard lets us in on a little Capitol Hill secret.
“The real question we should all be asking is ‘why hasn’t it been fixed yet?’” said Gabbard.
Gabbard notes that despite all the committee hearings and big talk, nothing has been done. So why?
“It goes to money,” said Gabbard.
“I’ve seen it happen,” she continued. “Google will have a bit reception and members of congress will go and pick up their checks. Facebook will have a big reception and they’ll go and ‘hey, where’s my check?’”
So there you have it. Oh, and now for the really bad news: Nothing’s going to change under Joe Biden.
The Daily Caller reports:
At least 14 people who President-elect Joe Biden has picked to serve either in his administration or to advise his transition have worked for the Big Tech firms that cracked down earlier this week on President Donald Trump and a social media site popular with conservatives.
Apple’s top lobbyist was a chief adviser to the Biden transition team. A former Facebook executive will serve as staff director in the Biden White House, and a former Twitter executive will serve as chief spokesperson for the National Security Council under Biden.
Current and former executives at those firms and two others, Google and Amazon, fill out other positions in the incoming Biden administration, or his transition team.
Americans – conservatives, especially – had better understand that if we’re to exist in this brave new world, we are going to have to build our own alternative economy and infrastructure. It’s beyond clear the political class is completely beholden to the world’s biggest corporations, not We the People.
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