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Title: Tulsi Gabbard Pulls Back the Curtain On Why Congress Won't Act Against Big Tech
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Published: Jan 12, 2021
Author: Brandon Morse
Post Date: 2021-01-12 11:15:42 by Ada
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Conservatives have been calling for a reform of tech company power for some time, including the reformation of Section 230. Moreover, politicians talk a big game about coming down on these tech companies but never really seem to move on their threats or declarations.

Ever wonder why? Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard will tell you.

Gabbard sat down with the Daily Caller and revealed just why politicians seem to freeze when it comes to acting against big tech and the reason is simple and predictable; it all boils down to money.

The clip picks up with Gabbard explaining that Google does indeed pick and choose what search results come up at the top of every search and she experienced that herself during her campaign for President. She then transitioned that to section 230.

“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?'”

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

I read once that Google also donates money to many news outlets to generally keep criticism of the corp to a minumum.

Pinguinite  posted on  2021-01-12   11:46:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Ada (#0)

The critical weakness of representative democracy: Politicians are for sale. This may be the fundamental irreparable flaw in the American system of government.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams (1722-1803)‡

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- Thomas Jefferson

ghostdogtxn  posted on  2021-01-12   13:09:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: ghostdogtxn (#2)

Politicians are for sale.

Wasn't it former Chairman of House Ways and Means Dan Rostenkowski who was locked up for official corruption? ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-01-12   14:55:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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