Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who will take over as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January, has asked big tech companies for information and records about alleged “collusion” with the Biden administration. There is
Jordan wrote on Wednesday to Google, Apple, Facebook (now known as Meta), Microsoft and Amazon to inform big tech companies about his panel’s investigation and to force them to cooperate if they don’t cooperate. He announced that he would take action.
“Big Tech is trying to win over conservatives, who hope to further undermine the First Amendment’s value by following the Biden administration’s directive to stifle free speech online,” Jordan said. This approach undermines fundamental American principles and allows powerful officials to silence political opponents and suppress dissent.”
Jordan said publicly available information suggests that the big tech companies’ “treatment of certain speakers and content may result from government directives or guidance designed to suppress dissenting voices.” He said he was suggesting that
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“We are therefore writing to seek more information on the nature and extent of your company’s collusion with the Biden administration,” Jordan said to Google CEOs Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki. wrote in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Microsoft CEOs Satya Nadella and Ryan Roslansky. And Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.
“Big Tech’s role in shaping today’s national and international public discourse is well known,” Jordan wrote, noting that Big Tech’s “formidable censorship”, particularly the “general progressive consensus I disagree with you,’ pointed out the voice.
“Big Tech’s reach is so wide that it can serve as a powerful and effective factional organization for the ‘Awakened Speech Police,'” writes Jordan.
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“While the full extent of Big Tech’s collusion with the Biden administration is unknown, there are striking examples and strong indications of Big Tech censorship following directives and pressure from government agencies,” Jordan explained. The example said, “It raises serious concerns about how and why technology companies suppress, silence, or curtail the reach of certain political voices and voices.”
“The concerted censorship of big tech companies and big governments certainly undermines freedoms and jeopardizes the value and protection of our First Amendment,” he added.
Jordan said Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have said Big Tech’s “work on free speech online” and the Biden administration’s “Big It said it was investigating collusion with Tech.
“Congress has a vital interest in protecting and promoting fundamental free speech principles, including the use of private actors to suppress First Amendment-protected speech. This includes considering how we will work with governments,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan has issued documents referring to the moderation, removal, or reduction of distribution of certain content between company employees or contractors and persons associated with the executive branch of the U.S. government from January 2020 to the present. and specifically requested a record of communication.
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Jordan also requested companies to provide a list of third-party groups, companies or people with whom they collaborated in making decisions or policies related to content moderation or suppression.
“This list includes fact-checking agencies, the Southern Poverty Law Center, other technology companies or social media platforms, advertisers or potential advertisers, financial services firms or payment processors, proxy advisory firms, and investors or It should include, but is not limited to, investments in companies,” he wrote.
Jordan reminded companies that the commission had previously written to them to obtain “relevant information,” but that companies “have not met our concerns or requested any documents or information.” did not provide a response that created the
Jordan stressed that the commission will continue its investigation “if necessary” for the next Congress. He gave the companies a deadline of 5:00 p.m. on December 29 to meet the committee’s demands.
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Jordan also stressed that the letter would serve as “a formal request to preserve all existing and future records and materials on this topic.”
“This retention notice is intended to take all reasonable steps to prevent the destruction or alteration, whether intentional or negligent, of all documents, communications and other information, including electronic information and metadata. This parliamentary inquiry should be interpreted as a directive,” he wrote. Jordan said the directive includes all electronic messages sent using official and personal accounts or devices, as well as text messages or messages via encrypted software apps.
The investigation comes after years of Republican alarm bells about Big Tech’s censorship and bias against conservatives.
Jordan’s letter also comes after new Twitter CEO Elon Musk revealed a “Twitter file” detailing Hunter Biden’s laptop story suppression on social media platforms ahead of the 2020 election. .
Biden has been under federal investigation into his tax affairs, including money laundering, since 2018.