Pew Survey Suggests Social Media Is Shifting Users’ Political Views

TechWatch
October 19th, 2020 5:24 PM

Social media can often appear to be an echo chamber, especially to those closely following election events. But a recent survey suggests that Big Tech is shifting users’ political views. A study from the Pew Research Center published on October 15 found that 23 percent of adult social media users in the United States changed a political view they hold because of something they saw on social…

Twitter, Facebook Censored Trump, Campaign 65 Times

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October 19th, 2020 8:47 AM

Big Tech has caused serious damage to President Donald Trump’s ability to be heard on social media. Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his campaign accounts. At all.…

Federal Judge Blocks Trump TikTok Ban — For Now

TechWatch
September 28th, 2020 2:38 PM

A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s ban on new downloads of the TikTok app, but thankfully, only temporarily. Last night, District Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia agreed to postpone Trump’s order that “would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight,” according to Associated…

Senate Panel Threatens to Subpoena Google, Facebook, Twitter: Report

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September 24th, 2020 4:44 PM

The CEOs of four major Big Tech companies have been given an ultimatum: testify in the Senate or face the music. “The Senate Commerce Committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing about the tech industry's prized liability protections if the three do not agree by Thursday night to requests to appear,” Politico wrote on…

Trump to Urge State Attorneys General to Fight Big Tech Censorship

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September 23rd, 2020 2:15 PM

President Donald Trump isn’t finished with his fight against Big Tech censorship. Trump is planning to meet with several Republican state attorneys general today to urge them to investigate Big Tech censorship of conservatives online.

Pew: 73% of Americans Think Social Media Sites Censor Political Views

TechWatch
August 20th, 2020 3:58 PM

A recent Pew Research Center (Pew) study found that most Americans are, at least to some extent, concerned about online censorship and the ability of social media companies to handle misinformation. 

The Pew study, published on August 19, found that 73…

Tech Companies Won’t Un-Ban GOP Candidate Laura Loomer

TechWatch
August 19th, 2020 12:49 PM

The GOP welcomed the “most-banned woman” with open arms as its candidate for the 21st Congressional District House seat in Florida. But tech companies seem reluctant to budge on their bans of Laura Loomer.

Tech War with China? Trump Issues Executive Order to Ban WeChat App

TechWatch
August 7th, 2020 3:02 PM

President Donald Trump’s WeChat executive order shows the war on Chinese subterfuge is bigger than just TikTok. Trump issued two different executive orders on Thursday evening: The “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” placed a ban on TikTok from being used in the U.S., and the “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat” placed a ban on WeChat.

GOP Reps Unmask Big Tech CEOs Who Claim Proud to Be American

TechWatch
July 29th, 2020 7:37 PM

Big Tech companies claim to represent American values, but their business practices say otherwise.  The CEOs of these companies declared that they were American, but then had to deal with numerous examples that undermined that patriotic claim.

Most Americans Say Big Tech Has Too Much Political Clout—They’re Right

TechWatch
July 27th, 2020 5:57 PM

Even in an election year as divided and chaotic as 2020, millions of Americans can seem to agree that Big Tech has too much power. An overwhelming majority of Americans are skeptical over Big Tech’s unchecked power, a Pew Research Center (Pew) study has found. In addition, about half of Americans surveyed also believe the government should do more to regulate them. “Overall, 72% of U.S.…

Instagram Bans Ads for Children’s Book By Senator Marsha Blackburn

TechWatch
July 17th, 2020 10:07 AM

We have to think of the children … and then ban their books, apparently. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and daughter Mary Morgan Ketchel’s new children’s book has been hindered yet again by Instagram, which banned ads for the book. 

Rep. Jim Jordan Accuses Democrats of Excluding GOP from Tech Hearing

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July 8th, 2020 5:23 PM

A major hearing approaches with Big Tech CEO’s Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai in the hot seat. Republicans claim they were not invited. "We hope that this incident was simply a misunderstanding and not an intentional Democrat effort to exclude Republicans and then misrepresent our views to the companies," House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH)…

NY Times Writer Equates Black Lives Matter Criticism With Racism

June 20th, 2020 11:30 AM

New York Times technology writer Kevin Roose made the front of Saturday’s Business section with “Platforms Denounce Racism That Thrives There.” But Roose’s definition of “racism” seems to mean, “criticizes Black Lives Matter activists.” Roose first made a name for himself at the paper with an elaborate, panicky Sunday front-page expose, “The Making of a YouTube Radical – How the Site’…

Dan Bongino Partners with Free Speech Platform ‘Parler’

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June 16th, 2020 5:38 PM

Popular conservative YouTube host Dan Bongino has one answer to the problem of Big Tech censorship. He has partnered with the free speech platform Parler and taken an ownership stake in the firm. Bongino declared on the June 16 episode of The Dan Bongino Show that this platform is “the social media alternative to the tech tyrants which have declared war against conservatism, liberty,…