Republicans Move To Break Up Tech Companies

Colorado Rep. Ken Buck spoke on ‘Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy’ about the growing influence of Big Techs and how they should be stopped. During the discussion, Buck stated that Twitter violated the First Amendment due to a report that had been released by CEO Elon Musk.

Musk recently released a set of documents to Substack journalist Matt Taibbi, which have been dubbed the “Twitter Papers” The documents show how Twitter employees collaborated with U.S. lawmakers and political officials in order to reduce the reach of tweets that they viewed as problematic. As part of these, they also suppressed tweets that shared the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop which had come out only days before the 2020 presidential election at the request of the Biden campaign.

The collaborations referenced in the documents related to both conservative and liberal lawmakers collaborating with Twitter.

Buck has said that these releases have shown how “Twitter had an institutional bias against conservatives.” He added that content moderation was used in a way that would harm Republicans during the elections. He continued by saying that this was a clear example of the danger of these monopolies.

Many liberal commentators and media pundits have maintained that as Twitter is a private company, this move was not a First Amendment violation. However, Buck has maintained that even private companies can be in violation of the First Amendment “when the private company supplants the government function.”

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