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Five House Republicans have formed a brand new House caucus dedicated to fighting back against big tech censorship.
Dubbed the Freedom from Big Tech Caucus, the new caucus was unveiled in a press release Thursday issued by gun-toting, patriotic Colorado Congressman Ken Buck.
Its other founding members include Reps. Lance Gooden, Madison Cawthorn, Burgess Owens and Paul Gosar.
Buck and Gooden will serve as co-chair, while Cawthorn will serve as vice-chair. Buck is fittingly already the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law.
“I am excited to lead the Freedom from Big Tech Caucus with my colleagues, Lance Gooden, Burgess Owens, Madison Cawthorn, and Paul Gosar,” the Colorado Republican said in a statement.
“Big Tech has abused its market power for decades, and Congress must act to hold these companies accountable and preserve the free market, promote competition and innovation, protect the freedom of speech, and foster a thriving digital economy,” he added.
✅Crack down on China
✅Strengthen privacy rights pic.twitter.com/RYZcu8SCWW
— Rep. Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) July 16, 2021
The plan is for the caucus to use “legislation, education and awareness” to perform the following tasks, some of which are quite Herculean:
Restore the free and dynamic digital economy
Promote competition and innovation
Protect children from harmful content online
Support small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs
Protect privacy and data rights
End political censorship
Counter Big Tech’s courtship of the Chinese Communist Party
Individual Republicans have been attempting to complete some of these tasks for years — and for good reason.
“Big Tech has complete control of the digital public square, ensuring that Americans only see news and information that fits their narrative, which often excludes conservative viewpoints,” Gooden said in his own statement.
“Regulators have been asleep at the wheel while Big Tech has fleeced the American public of our personal data and our freedom of speech with their monopolistic behavior,” he added.
The problem is that the “regulators” are on the side of big tech, as demonstrated by the Biden administration’s bombshell admission this week that it’s been working in tandem with social media platforms like Facebook to censor COVID information it disputes.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) July 17, 2021
It’s one thing for private social media platforms to voluntarily choose to censor certain content. But it’s another altogether — something far worse — for social media platforms to do such censoring at the behest of a government.
“This is the union of corporate and state power — one of the classic hallmarks of fascism,” according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.
The Biden administration is telling Facebook which posts it regards as “problematic” so that Facebook can remove them.
This is the union of corporate and state power — one of the classic hallmarks of fascism — that the people who spent 5 years babbling about fascism support. https://t.co/U2Ee3DgXJe
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 15, 2021
That said, this is exactly why taking action now is necessary, according to Owens.
“Momentum is building in the bipartisan push to take on Big Tech’s anti-competitive, unregulated monopoly behavior that undermines fair competition for small businesses. I’m proud to join Rep. Buck and Rep. Gooden in their mission to educate and inform American consumers and look forward to developing long-lasting solutions that support innovation and free-market solutions,” he said.
Cawthorn expressed similar thoughts.
“I am proud to join the Freedom from Big Tech Caucus, which is aimed at squarely taking the fight to Big Tech on their long history of abuses. For too long, Big-Tech has abused its powers and targeted the constitutional rights of American citizens. Big-Tech oligarchs, who silence liberty-loving Patriots, have no place in the land of the free,” he said.
“In America, we must always place constitutional values over authoritarian control. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to free the free market and bring an effective end to political censorship,” he added.
What remains unclear is whether the caucus’s efforts will actually amount to anything.
Meanwhile in the Senate, on Thursday Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a frequent critic of big tech oligarchs, slammed social media platforms for “acting like arms of the government.”
(Video: Fox News)
“I think it’s really scary to have the federal government of the United States, the White House compiling lists of people, organizations, whatever and going to a private company that, by the way, is a monopoly – Facebook – and saying you need to censor,” he said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
“I just think that this kind of coordination between big government and the big monopoly corporation, boy that is scary stuff. It really is censorship,” he added.
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