FCC Chair: Twitter, YouTube Threatening 'Free & Open Internet' By Censoring ConservativesChris Menahan
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FCC chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday that big tech companies like Google and Twitter which censor and ban conservatives on their platforms are "a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint."
Is Ajit Pai /our guy/?
In his speech on Net Neutrality reform today, FCC chairman Ajit Pai called out Twitter, YouTube and other Silicon Valley giants for their long track record of censoring conservative viewpoints. Pai specifically called out a number of big tech companies, including Twitter, for opposing Net Neutrality reform on the grounds that it threatens a "free and open internet," while engaging in widespread censorship on their own platforms.All you need to know about phony "net neutrality" is the most evil companies on the planet all support it. The greatest threats to internet freedom are Google (who owns YouTube), Facebook and Twitter. The liberal boogeyman concept of a future world where free speech is censored by the megacorporations that control the internet is already a reality for right-wingers and these three companies are leading the charge.
Actual neutrality on the part of these companies should be enshrined into law. These companies are the modern equivalent of the public commons and they should be forced to protect free speech. This "net neutrality" scheme they're pushing is about cementing their power and halting further innovation, which they view as a threat.
As Pai told Reason last week:
Pai stressed that regulating the Internet under a Title II framework originally created in the 1930s had led to less investment in infrastructure and a slower rate of innovation. "Since the dawn of the commercial internet, ISPs have been investing as much as they can in networks in order to upgrade their facilities and to compete with each other," he says. "Outside of a recession we've never seen that sort of investment go down year over year. But we did in 2015, after these regulations were adopted." In a Wall Street Journal column published today, Pai says Title II was responsible for a nearly 6 percent decline in broadband network investment as ISPs saw compliance costs rise and the regulatory atmosphere become uncertain. In his interview with Reason, Pai stressed that the real losers under Net Neutrality were people living in rural areas and low-income Americans who were stuck on the bad end of "the digital divide."That was the only scenario they could find to justify their boogeyman BS.
We can point to actual censorship, such as websites being banned off the internet with their domain being seized and put into a perpetual limbo by Google over their speech. We can point to tons of people seeing their YouTube pages demonetized and outright banned, their Paypal accounts closed, their Twitter and Facebook accounts suspended and banned, their websites deranked in Google search or banned from Google News and even their Lyft and Uber accounts closed for their political views. All the left can point to is people being given free data.
We're living in the corporate-controlled boogeyman world liberals used to fear, yet now they're cheering it on and demanding the censorship be expanded.
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