Big tech companies continue to work on transforming their algorithms, policy, and work in order to attempt at stopping an “accidental” bias while remaining profitable. Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many other companies have recently come under fire due to platform banning, content removal, or even devoting algorithm specifically to divert viewers from content. While media outlets continue to zero in on “Republicans” fighting against big tech, a recent article from NBC News stated, “Republicans aren’t the only lawmakers targeting Section 230 democrats have also pushed for companies to increase oversight of content published on their platforms.”
Section 230 describes the Internet as a “forum for a true diversity of political discourse.”
Other media outlets such as Vox, CNN and HuffPost have not published stories highlighting the bipartisan complaints against big tech.
Psychiatrist Robert Epstein said, “Big tech companies, especially Google, can shift a lot of votes, without people knowing and without leaving a paper trail.” This interview comes on the eve in which leading up to the 2018 election, bias in Google’s search results may have shifted upwards of 78.2 million votes to the candidates of one political party” according to Sara Carter’s latest article.
Based on data captured by a 2018 monitoring system, which preserved more than 47,000 election-related searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo, and along with nearly 400,000 web pages to which the search results are linked. The majority of political bias favoring one party over another was evident in Google searches.
About a month ago, Fox News reported that two Republican lawmakers asked the Federal Trade Commission to “seek information on the conduct and practices of big tech companies, specifically what content they restrict or promote and how those decisions are made.”
“Big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter exercise enormous influence on speech,” according to Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The Sarah A. Carter staff writer reported that Russian-placed ads or fake news stories is not the main concern in the upcoming elections, local or nationwide, yet domestic big tech companies located in California and around the U.S. are of concern. The writer reports there is no way to counteract in which how business is conducted within these private companies because they’re invisible and non-competitive.
Although there is bipartisan interest and support in Washington, D.C., as to how to deal with the big tech industry, Epstein said, “Congress is just not gone get it together in time to protect us, the American public, from interference in the 2020 election by big tech.”