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GOP Nicole Malliotakis Slams Big Tech Companies

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Republican congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis recently slammed Big Tech companies for acting like “Big Brother” and censoring whatever they deem as “misinformation.” In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, the New Yorker shared her horrible experience with YouTube, when the popular video platform censored her news conference. 

“The notice came in white text on a dark screen: “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.” The company last week blocked a 45-minute video of my news conference announcing a lawsuit challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “vaccine passport” as an invasion of New Yorkers’ privacy and an unreasonable mandate on small businesses,” Malliotakis wrote.

Malliotakis compared Big Tech companies such as social media giants Facebook and Twitter, to George Orwell’s fictional character known as “Big Brother,” from his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. A totalitarian ruler, Big Brother has become the symbol for government abuse and suppression of free thought. The New York representative also blasted the aforementioned media platforms’ biased judgment and unfair treatment of their users.

“Behind the platforms, the people deciding what is “misinformation” and a violation of “community guidelines” are doing so in a subjective manner. Social-media giants suspended the U.S. president while continuing to provide a megaphone to tyrants like Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Venezuela’s Nicolas Máduro and Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel,” Malliotakis said.

Believing that “Big Tech seems focused on acting as an extension of big government, quashing content from those who oppose their liberal ideology,” Malliotakis cited White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s admission that the Biden administration is in constant communication with the social media platforms to flag certain posts that they deem problematic.

Malliotakis is right, these companies are becoming more controlling as the government grants them additional authority over the people’s freedom of speech. The GOP congresswoman urges her colleagues to address the issue and come up with a solution to end this suppression.

“Social media was premised on the free and open exchange of ideas. It has reconnected old friends, helped people find lost loved ones, and given public figures and businesses a platform to market themselves and their products. But as Big Tech companies have grown, so has their appetite to censor. It’s time for Congress to rein them in and reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to require transparency for content-enforcement decisions and disclosure of appeals processes—and to remove liability protections for companies who censor constitutionally protected speech,” Malliotakis elaborated.

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