Silicon Valley residents come clean on big tech industry: ‘They’re not impartial’

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Residents of Silicon Valley, the global hub of all things tech, say that social media companies are in no way as impartial as they ought to be, with Bay Area-based companies Twitter, Facebook and Google having been accused of prejudicially moderating and censoring content posted to their sites.

One popular account, Defiant L, was recently suspended by Twitter for what they call “ban evasion.” Defiant L is well-known for posting side-by-side screenshots of allegedly hypocritical left-wing personalities. That suspension has reportedly been lifted.

“Most social media apps are pretty left-leaning,” Jeff, a Palo Alto resident told Fox News. “If someone on the right is saying something that’s against what they believe in, they shouldn’t shut them down. We should give them the platform to hear them out.”

Maria, a Stanford student, told Fox News, “Tech companies are self-interested actors, they’re not impartial, and at the end of the day, they want to make their profit margins as large as possible.”

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“One thing you can do on one platform or get in trouble for it’s not the same on the others,” Anthony said, “It’s not regulated the same way.”

Another Bay-Area resident named Steve said he finds it ironic that a region purported to be so liberal and inclusive is actually neither of those things.

“Twitter, Facebook, Google use their power to actually censor conservatives or just people they don’t agree with,” Steve said. “Something needs to be done because they’re not living up to what they’re supposed to be.”

Campaign finance records show that already this year, Google and Twitter employees have pumped Democratic campaigns and committees with gobs of cash contributions.

The top donors from Google, which owns YouTube, pushed 94 percent of their total 2022 political contributions to Democrats, as did 99 percent of Twitter employee donations, those same records indicate.

Another Silicon Valley resident told Fox News, “I have many friends on Facebook throughout my life, and some are on the extreme left and some are on the extreme right. I love to read all their different comments, their point of view, and then I can make my own decision.”

But another resident, Demariae, said social media companies should do a better job restricting certain content “because there’s propaganda that’s being spread across the internet.”

One man named Jeff said that power over content in the hands of Twitter and Facebook is dangerous.

“There has to be a certain line that’s drawn on both sides,” he said.

Another resident named Anthony proposed that the solution should come from the big tech companies themselves.

“Last thing I think anyone wants is the government really stepping in private business,” Anthony said.

Maria, however, disagrees and said that big tech and social media companies should not be deciding what is fit for public consumption and what is not.

“There needs to be a larger body like that’s more impartial, that regulates and moderates these social media platforms,” she told Fox News.

Steve summed it up bluntly, saying, “It’s kinda scary what’s happened to the First Amendment. So-called liberal progressives actually don’t believe in it anymore.”



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