“Big Tech is out to get conservatives, and is increasingly willing to undermine First Amendment values by complying with the Biden Administration’s directives that suppress freedom of speech online,” incoming House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Big Tech executives Wednesday.
“Big Tech accountability is coming,” Rep. Jordan promised Wednesday, in a tweet posting his letter to the heads of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, requesting information on the companies’ communications regarding their “moderation, deletion, suppression, restricting, or reduced circulation of content.”
Big Tech accountability is coming.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 14, 2022
The letter asks for information about the companies’ censorship “collusion with the Biden Administration”:
“Publicly available information suggests that your companies’ treatment of certain speakers and
content may stem from government directives or guidance designed to suppress dissenting
views. Therefore, we write to request more information about the nature and extent of your
companies’ collusion with the Biden Administration.”
Specifically, Judiciary Committee Republicans want to find out if the government has infringed on conservative Americans’ First Amendment rights:
“Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are investigating Big Tech’s commitment
to freedom of speech online and the Biden Administration’s collusion with Big Tech to censor,
silence, or reduce the reach of certain information and viewpoints. Congress has an important
interest in protecting and advancing fundamental free speech principles, including by examining
how private actors coordinate with the government to suppress First Amendment-protected
The letter also asks the Big Tech executives to identify employees who might be responsible censoring content:
“A list of the individuals, along with their current and prior titles, who are or have been
responsible in any way for developing your companies’ policies referring or relating
to the moderation, deletion, suppression, restricting, or reduced circulation of content.”
Additionally, the letter issues a warning to Facebook and Amazon, which have been unresponsive to previous requests for information:
“House Republicans have written a number of prior letters to you in attempts to obtain relevant information. You have not provided responses that have satisfied our concerns or produced the requested documents or information. Committee Republicans will continue to pursue these matters, including into the 118th Congress if necessary.”
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