by Jose Nino, Big League Politics:
In the present political context, there is very little distinction between the public and private.
This dynamic is apparent with Big Tech and its intimate relationship with the administrative state. In recent years, Big Tech companies have offered themselves up as private enforcers of the managerial regime’s agenda. No question that Big Tech companies’ decision to censor political content did not happen by chance. Politicians have largely jaw-boned Big Tech companies into complying with their pro-censorship agenda.
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With agencies like the FBI exercising coercive power, Big Tech will always fall in line.
Just look at what FBI Director Christopher Wray wants to do with Big Tech. In a recent report by Dan Frieth of Reclaim the Net, Wray was on record saying that social media platforms should assume more responsibility and moderate content.
He made these statements on August 4, 2022 during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. Wray argued that America would be a “better place” if social media companies became more proactive about policing the misuse of their platforms.
Wray’s comments were in response to Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal’s comments about what the FBI can do to tackle the use of social media to incite violence. In addition, Blumenthal asked Wray if tech companies were sufficiently pulling their weight in trying to prevent attacks.
Allegedly, the participants of the January storming of the US Capitol organized through social media. This incident made the ruling class throw a fit and has prompted several elected officials to use January 6 as a pretext for further government control of social media.
In Wray’s view, Big Tech giants can do more to moderate content that is in violation of their community standards.
“We tried to work with the social media companies and there are things that they can and do using their terms of service and violations of their terms of service to take accounts down and things like that,” Wray stated.
“But there is, I think, a phenomenon that we all have to recognize, which is that the social media industry enjoys the ability to amplify and connect people. There are good things that come with that and bad things that come with that. We would all be in a better place the more the companies take responsibility for misuse and abuse of the platforms.”
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