Big tech’s censorship of the public has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. In a recent interview, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) made it clear that he will not stand for it. Speaking on Just the News, No Noise Tuesday, Jordan explained that the House Judiciary Committee plans to investigate how the FBI and other government agencies pressured tech platforms to censor users. He noted that these institutions must be held accountable for violating First Amendment rights.
Jordan’s comments come after the release of the Twitter Files, which revealed that the FBI pressured tech companies to censor content, and demanded access to their private data. Not only that, but the files showed that Twitter collaborated with other government entities, including the CIA, Pentagon, and White House. This is especially concerning when you consider that the intelligence community knew about Hunter Biden’s laptop scandal months before the New York Post story broke, yet they still primed Twitter to censor the story just before the election.
“I think we will have hearings on that issue. I anticipate multiple hearings,” Jordan stated. “Each batch of those Twitter files — I think there’s a hearing there on what took place, and how government was pressuring the private sector, working with the private sector to limit the information of the American people.”
The Facebook Files were recently released as part of an ongoing lawsuit, and the documents showed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had a significant influence over COVID-19 censorship decisions at Facebook and Instagram. This is a clear violation of the public’s right to free speech and information, and it should be taken seriously.
It’s time to hold big tech and the government accountable for their censorship collusion. We need to ensure that our right to free speech is protected, and that these companies are not using their platforms to manipulate the public. As Rep. Jordan said, “It’s not supposed to work that way in this great country.” Let’s put an end to this censorship and stand up for our rights.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.