President Trump alleged Tech Firms over ‘Stifling’ Free Speech

Justice Department of United States said that it would investigate social media giants for concerns over the opposition and “stifling the free exchange of ideas.”

A day after US President Donald Trump alleged technology firms over suppressing and censoring conservative voices, the announcement was made. However, tech companies strongly denied such allegations.

A statement of the Justice Department said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”

A detailed statement came at the Senate conclusion hearing, which includes top executives of Twitter, and Facebook rendered no option whether the officials were believed an antitrust survey or some to form regulatory actions.

Analysts of tech industry said there is very few evidence that the internet firms filtered content for a political issue, but constitutionally the companies protested against any efforts of the government to regulate algorithms.

Ajit Pai, Chairperson of Federal Communication on Tuesday said that Silicon Valley Firms to offer more transparency about how they operate also raised their option of tougher regulations for Tech firms.

In a blog post, Pai said that “We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations.”

Mr. Pai offered no certain proposals but seems like echo concern raised by President Trump, who accused tech firms biased against conservatives.

Pai wrote that “consumers interact with these digital platforms on a daily basis. We get our news from them. We interact with our family and friends on them.”

Last week, Trump warned Facebook, Google, and Twitter to remain careful but stopped short calling for regulations.

Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey dismissed any recommendations related to political bias in comments hearing for House of Representatives on Wednesday.

In a written statement, Dorsey expressed that “Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules.”

“We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially,” added Dorsey. Facebook and Google have an almost similar point of view.

Informational Technology and Innovation Foundations’ Daniel Castro said that he indented of the statement and it was not detailed but was worrisome. Castro reports source that “Social media platforms have the right to determine what types of legal speech they will permit on their platforms.”

Castro added “The federal government should not use the threat of law enforcement to limit companies from exercising this right. In particular, law enforcement should not threaten social media companies with unfounded investigations for booting white nationalists like Richard Spencer off their platforms.”

 

 

by Chandrani Sarkar on September 6, 2018

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