Big Tech bias starts first and
foremost with the companies themselves. Company leaders work with the left and openly support
leftist causes — from abortion to politics. The companies establish content policies that
speech and ads that go against the leftist groupthink of Silicon Valley. Most such companies
upon heavily liberal workforces to enforce those policies.
Tech Company Bias
Policies — from laws to
regulations to treaties — are still decided by government and policy makers. These include
presidents, legislators and bureaucrats. The most influential can set the agenda for tech policy
for the next decade, just as Section 230 helped create much of the modern internet — back in
Big Tech censorship doesn’t just
happen in politics. It is a feature of the cultural battlefield that dominates much of American
life. Key elements of that fight include everything from abortion to guns to faith. Those are
areas with a wide range of opinions just in the U.S. But global attitudes can also influence the
tech companies on issues like these.
Censorship By Issue
One of the powerful tools deployed
by Big Tech to squelch free speech is the relatively new idea of fact-checkers. In theory, these
organizations target misstatements of fact. In practice, fact-checkers have become narrative
police — targeting conservative content far more than liberal. Even when the facts are correct,
fact-checkers do their best to undermine content they simply don’t like.
The internet and social media were
made possible by government regulation. Now, the reach of social media companies crosses into
pretty much every field of endeavor from finance and speech to news and entertainment. These
policies, regulations and laws will determine the future of the internet for users in the U.S.
and around the world.
October 30, 2020
October 29, 2020