Conservatives have been waiting for Congress or the Trump administration to take on the big tech platforms for censorship and anti-trust issues, but to no avail. No one in D.C. seems interested in doing anything about it.
As such, a new organization called the Internet Accountability Project launched in recent weeks with the aim of fighting anti-conservative bias on those platforms and media companies.
The group says its aim is “to lend a conservative voice to the calls for federal and state governments to rein in Big Tech before it is too late.”
“We are conservatives who are alarmed by the role Big Tech plays in our society. We are concerned by the political and economic harms Big Tech platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon are inflicting on Americans,” the group says on its web site.
“These harms include negative content, conservative bias, privacy violations, anticompetitive conduct, and employee abuses,” the group added.
Privacy violations committed by Facebook are already well-known, WND.com reports, along with the platform’s anti-conservative bias. The same is true for Twitter of course, and for Google, the latter of which has altered its search engine results to downgrade conservative, pro-Trump news and information in favor of Left-wing “mainstream” media sources, according to whistleblowers.
Also, these platforms have labeled normal conservative views as “hate speech,” then they use that mischaracterization to justify bans and censorship. (Related: Where’s the ‘mainstream’ media? Project Veritas bombshell report exposing Google’s likely illegal election meddling ignored.)
As reported by The Daily Wire, the group’s leaders are “heavy-hitting conservative players” Mike Davis and Rachel Bovard. The IAP launched this week, the news site noted.
Davis clerked for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch when he was a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He’s also been an aide to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Meanwhile, Bovard has been a staffer for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). She was also named one of National Journal’s Most Influential Women in Washington under 35 in 2013, reports noted.
"We represent hardworking Americans who are fed up with the Big Tech bullies — like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter — and their 'bad acts,' including profiting from human-sex trafficking, revenge-porn, the opioid epidemic and drug addiction, terrorism, and other forms of human misery, along with engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses, and anticompetitive conduct,” Davis told The Daily Wire.
Davis, meanwhile, added that it's time "to re-boot Big Tech, upgrade and reformat the sweetheart laws that protect them, and enforce the antitrust, consumer-and employee-protection, and similar laws already on the books.”
He went on to note that some state attorneys general have already launched probes into the behavior of the tech giants. And he said that thus far, the billion-dollar companies have not been held accountable for misusing users’ private information.
"Big Tech should not be allowed to become the arbiters of communication in America without input from citizens and policy makers," he said.
"It is important for those on the Right to begin discussing whether our public policy has kept pace with Big Tech, who now owns our data, much of our privacy, and in many cases, is pulling the levers of our political communication. IAP is here to help facilitate that conversation.”
Here’s hoping the organization has a lot of success.