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Trump’s 2020 Campaign Manager Warns ‘Big Tech Is Becoming Big Brother’

Aug. 17, 2018 (EIRNS)—Headlined, “Brad Parscale: Big Tech Is Becoming Big Brother,” the campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 Presidential campaign, goes after the thought control being imposed through the web by the “giants of Silicon Valley,” such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Writing an op-ed in the Aug. 16 Washington Examiner, he polemicized:

“Social media platforms that once facilitated the free exchange of ideas and information are now actively seeking to silence and censor conservative opinions. This new Orwellian impulse that is taking over Big Tech is particularly problematic because social media websites, which are supposed to be safe spaces for all free speech, get special legal perks. Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, websites such as Facebook and Twitter are not treated as publishers of information provided by another which would subject them to libel laws and other headaches publishers have to deal with because they offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.

“This means social media platforms are not merely private companies who can censor whomever they wish. They are considered, by law, to be public forums that allow free and open debate. Yet, they’re doing the exact opposite. They are stifling online speech, warping the national discourse, and obstructing the free flow of ideas. Big Tech is not just biased against conservatives, it is actively trying to silence them and deprive them of online platforms.”

Parscale concludes:

“What we are seeing in Big Tech is the inherent totalitarian impulse of the Left come into full focus. The Left is losing at the ballot box, and there are some signs it is starting to lose the culture war too. The free and open Internet has been indispensable in spreading conservative ideas, and it was indispensable in getting Donald Trump elected President—and now the Left wishes to destroy it.”

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