Latest News

ICYMI: Rubio: Address Both TikTok and Big Tech

Apr 3, 2024 | Press Releases

TikTok and Big Tech are both clearly dangerous. It’s time we address them both

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

April 3, 2024

Daily Caller

Most Americans who oppose the bill to separate TikTok from Chinese control do so for one of two reasons: One, they don’t think TikTok is a threat. Two, they fear that focusing on TikTok will let American Big Tech companies…off the hook. 

The first concern has been discussed at length…. The second concern, however, is understandable. Big Tech has a lot to answer for…. Americans are right to demand Congress hold these companies accountable….

Over the past few years, we’ve seen Amazon refuse to sell literature that criticizes left-wing gender ideology…. We’ve seen Facebook hide stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the lead-up to a national election…. And we’ve learned that Google reportedly relies on employee-created blacklists to prevent users from accessing conservative websites….

And then there’s social media’s impact on our kids. We no longer have any reason to doubt that app algorithms are responsible for the epidemic of addiction, anxiety and insecurity among the youngest generation…. Social media companies themselves are well aware of the problem…. Nevertheless, these firms continue to design their algorithms to attract and retain young users for profit….

[I]t’s time for us to hold Big Tech accountable by reforming Section 230…. By eliminating legal protections for market-dominant tech firms that engage in censorship or use algorithms to manipulate their users’ choices, [my DISCOURSE Act] would enable Americans to sue such firms for provable harm….

TikTok’s ownership by ByteDance, a company controlled by the Chinese regime, is why the…app requires special treatment by Congress right now…. But make no mistake: I won’t give any company a free pass to harm Americans, no matter its country of origin.

Read the rest here.