In a new election campaign video on Twitter, President Donald Trump targets major technology companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook.
– I have long heard about how powerful “Big Tech” is, he says.
The President thus refers to large technology companies such as those mentioned and others.
“Third party packages”
– I heard about it for a long time, then I ran (in the presidential election 2016 journ.anm.) And I won and they were completely against me. I said “why are they powerful?” Now they have taken it to a new level. What they do is amazing. As an example, they suppress Joe Biden’s corruption. They do not want to let the stories go out. Like it or not, they will not let the stories go out. The evidence is very strong, the president claims.
Trump has repeatedly accused his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, of being corrupt. Among other things, he has accused the Biden family of accepting money from a former Moscow mayor, which they have denied. But it has mainly been about the “shit package” – a sensational newspaper article – about Joe Biden and his son.
Last week, 50 former intelligence chiefs wrote in a letter that the alleged Hunter Biden emails were reminiscent of a Russian intelligence operation.
Grilled in the Senate
Trump’s latest campaign video went viral on Twitter the same day that Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and Google chief Sundar Pichai were grilled by Republicans during a Senate hearing.
They were originally convened for a hearing to answer questions related to a law that in effect deprives them of responsibility for what users share on their platforms.
But with the US election just a week away, the technology giants are accused, among other things, of spreading false news and propaganda from anonymous actors.
When they tag or remove content, they are also exposed to accusations of politically motivated censorship, including from President Donald Trump and Republicans accusing them of being left-wing.
The Democrats, for their part, demand that they do more to prevent the spread of disinformation and wild conspiracy theories.
Republican Ted Cruz got really upset during the hearing and came up with several loud outbursts against the Twitter boss.
“Who the hell chose you, Mr. Dorsey, and gave you the authority to decide what the media is allowed to report and the American people have the right to hear,” Cruz shouted during one of the outcomes.
He referred, among other things, to Twitter’s decision to restrict access to a controversial article in the New York Post, in which the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is accused of corruption. There are strong doubts about the content of the article, which, among other things, the Wall Street Journal chose not to look up.
Dorsey said it was wrong to block the link to the newspaper article and that the decision was therefore reversed.
– We realize that we have to work harder to gain trust, he said.
“Big Tech must be talked about and must probably be stopped in some form,” Trump said in the campaign video.
It is also worth mentioning that Twitter has recently marked several of Trump’s messages as misleading. It’s only two days since last.
– They have taken away their rights, they have taken away things no one thought were possible. So one of the things we do, you saw what happened to Google, with the lawsuit. One of the things we do is look closely at “Big Tech,” Trump warns, before concluding by urging voters to vote in next week’s election.
Last week, the news came that the US Department of Justice and eleven states are suing Google for abusing their dominance in internet searches to restrict competition.
– The company has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are detrimental to competition, said US Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
Google controls around 90 percent of global internet searches and monetizes ads related to the searches. Both politicians and consumer organizations have long accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the market when it comes to web search and marketing to prevent competition and raise revenue.
Google has denied the allegations of unfair competition. In a short comment on Twitter The company has said that the lawsuit is very flawed, and that people use Google because they want to, not because they have to.
Google argues that it is useful to consumers and gets sufficient competition even if it is large.