Antitrust is coming for Big Tech, at least according to one business expert. Prof. Scott Galloway, of the NYU Stern School of Business, said it will take some time, but there will a bipartisan breakup of Big Tech. “I believe DOJ or FTC action perhaps supported by attorney generals [sic] in states, maybe even red states, that file antitrust action” will happen.
Google gathers so much data on its users that police are relying on that information to help solve crimes. And that has privacy advocates very worried. Google’s phone location tracking system Sensorvault has been dubbed the “digital dragnet” for law enforcement and has been employed in states such as California, Florida, Minnesota and Washington. It’s a database of where users have been and hat has helped police track the location history of cell phones near where crimes have taken place. According to The New York Times it has tracked “hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and dating back nearly a decade.”
There's no question that animosity exists on both sides of the political spectrum, but have you noticed how personal it has become for many on the left? It is disturbing how intolerant and filled with rage leftist extremists have become, and how many more people are falling into the category of leftist extremism. But what concerns me as much as this pattern of ill will and abuse from leftists is that it is unchecked by their peers and often applauded.
The Free Speech Alliance (FSA), a coalition of more than 40 conservative organizations, released the following statement Wednesday in response to reports that Google “blacklists” conservative news and opinion websites – preventing those websites from appearing in search results. As reported by the Daily Caller, Google’s Trust and Safety team manually manipulated various search features to exclude a number of conservative websites including the American Spectator, Gateway Pundit, and Conservative Tribune.
Freedom of speech and expression were under a full scale assault at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing, but Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California) came prepared with a powerful speech. At the April 9 hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” freedom of speech was mostly ignored. With Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) at the helm, a vast majority of Democrat speakers, and a panel of witnesses obsessed with identity politics, this debate centered on Democratic preoccupation with racism.
According to leaked documents obtained by the Daily Caller, Google does act upon its bias against conservatives in the most pernicious ways possible. Daily Caller reported on April 9, that Google described two different policies in those documents which, if broken, might lead the search engine to blacklist certain sites from search results.
Another Senate hearing probing into the treatment of free speech at social media companies is scheduled to happen on April 10. The hearing, “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse,” will be headed by subcommittee chair Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Google has scrapped an ethics advisory board on Artificial Intelligence after the outcry over the inclusion of a African-American conservative. The inclusion of conservative think tank Heritage Foundation leader Kay Cole James drove left-wing Google employees into hysterics, signing a 2,000+ petition titled “Googlers Against Transphobia and Hate.” They referred to Kay Coles James, a black grandmother, as “weaponization of the language of diversity.”
In letters to Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon on Wednesday, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, joined by numerous other conservative leaders, called on the major tech companies to stop relying on the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center as the arbiter of what constitutes hate speech and “cut ties” with the group.
Google has a tough choice to make. Make a small outreach to conservatives and face a war with many of its liberal employees. The Washington Post reported that more than 1,437 Google employees signed a petition to remove Heritage Foundation’s President Kay Coles James from the company’s new AI ethics council. A Medium article, written by Googlers Against Transphobia, was published on April 1 criticizing the decision. The article called for the removal of Kay Coles James because of her stance on transgender issues and immigration.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and his allies are putting Big Tech companies on notice for collaborating with a foreign power. Hawley’s own website features video and transcript of his exchange with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford over the troubling collaboration between American tech companies and foreign countries. “Google, an American company based in this country, again supposedly an American company, is doing work in China that directly or indirectly benefits the Chinese government at a time of increased peer competition with this country,” he observed.
A software engineer at Google has made another devastating reveal of Google’s liberal bias. Mike Wacker leaked two pages of far-left dogma on race, privilege, and sexuality published in Google’s Allyship 101 “diversity training” materials. He quipped on Twitter, “At Google, we are a nonpartisan company…so long as you first accept our highly partisan definitions of key terms.” He elaborated that these policy-shaping definitions come from sources like “UC Berkeley and also Robin DiAngelo, the author of White Fragility.” Wacker previously made headlines when he claimed that a Google manager vowed “we need to stop hate [speech] and fake news because that’s how Trump won the election.