Blackburn: ‘The Era Of Self-Regulation For Silicon Valley Is Over’

Blackburn: ‘The Era Of Self-Regulation For Silicon Valley Is Over’

“The era of self-regulation for Silicon Valley is over,” says Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force, in the wake of the latest Google censorship scandal involving the demonetization of The Federalist and ZeroHedge, a libertarian financial blog.

Yesterday, following the uproar over Google’s move to censor these websites and revelations of coordination with NBC and a British left-wing activist organization, conservatives across the country cried foul.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blasted Google’s powerful role in political censorship: “The culture of free speech in this country is under attack, and Google is helping lead the charge.”  

Weighing in on Twitter, Blackburn warned, “Beware the power of Big Tech to cancel conservative voices. @Google chokes off ad revenue to @FDRLST and ZeroHedge to silence conservatives. We can’t let Google get away with anticompetitive conduct or bully competitors and consumers into submission.”

“Today, the Department of Justice unveiled a proposal to reform Section 230’s liability shield,” Blackburn said in a statement. “These changes will modernize oversight of the Internet economy and hold giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter accountable when they overstep as the online speech police. No longer will we let Big Tech hide behind these liability protections as a pretense to bully competitors or to suppress free speech.”

Others, including Donald Trump Jr., noted on social media that Google choosing what information people see online could comprise election interference. 

It remains to be seen whether the task force or some other congressional committee will take up this inquiry. 

Blackburn said she was looking forward to more meetings in the coming weeks, when the Tech Task Force will begin tackling the “online climate of competition for (tech) companies big and small.”

This article has been corrected since publication.

Eva Duffy is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at the University of Chicago where she studies American history. She loves the Midwest, J.R.R. Tolkien, writing, & her family.
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