House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has promised that the panel will develop legislation to stop the government and Big Tech from censoring Americans.
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Speaking at Just the News, No Noise on Tuesday, Jordan criticized the government for colluding with private tech companies to keep information from citizens.
“When governments are involved in pressuring and working with the private sector to keep information from the American people, we believe that’s a direct attack on the First Amendment,” he said, adding that the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government led by him will look into the issue.
The Judiciary committee was set up after the release of the “Twitter Files,” which exposed Twitter’s arrangements with the FBI to censor information and monitor what the government deems as misinformation.
Upon the release of the internal documents by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, past content moderation decisions under the company’s previous ownership came to light, confirming speculations that the government and Big Tech platforms work together to ensure that some information does not make its way to citizens.
With Jordan’s Judiciary Committee, the conspiracy will be looked into, and the government institutions involved will be held accountable. The committee will also look into communications between Big Tech companies and the Biden administration.
Last month, Jordan sent letters to the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and Alphabet, asking them to submit documents and communications that involve Big Tech censorship. He believed the five major tech companies were involved in censoring voices per directives of the Biden administration.
“The collusion of Big Tech and Big Government to advance censorship undeniably undermines liberty and jeopardizes our country’s First Amendment values and protections,” the letter read, in part.
The letter requested that the CEOs provide all documents and communications from January 1, 2020, “with the Executive Branch of the United States Government referring or relating to the moderation, deletion, suppression, restricting, or reduced circulation of content.”
It also demanded documents and communications in connection with any other third-party group — besides the government — that the companies may have consulted with or relied on in the making decisions or policies that have to do with the moderation, suppression, deletion, or restriction of content on their platforms.