On Monday’s episode of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, J.D. Vance, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate seat from the state of Ohio, said that the co-founder of Facebook and CEO of Meta Mark Zuckerberg’s admission of his firm’s digital censorship of information and news pertaining to Hunter Biden’s laptop prior to the 2020 election goes against the narrative of Big Tech companies working in a free market.
On his self-titled podcast on Thursday, Joe Rogan’s guest, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the FBI had alerted his firm to the existence of digitally disseminated “Russian disinformation” pertaining to reports and details about the items on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Zuckerberg stated that, “The FBI, I guess essentially came to us — some members on our team and said Hey just so you know you should all be on high alert,” when questioned about Big Tech’s censoring of reports found on Hunter Biden’s laptop. In the 2016 election, there was a lot of things we thought to be Russian propaganda. We knew that there was likely going to be some sort of release of, or anything comparable. So, just be cautious.
Vance emphasized that many of the news media refused to report on the government’s collaboration with tech firms’ political limits on access to information, which should have called for “wall-to-wall coverage for a couple of weeks” on the FBI’s involvement in Facebook’s digital censorship.
Vance made a reference to how the government subverts the First Amendment by delegating its political censorship to Big Tech companies with similar ideologies.
I contend that Big Tech is too powerful, and the conservatives should wake up and recognize what time it is so they can genuinely go after these people, he said. “Well, they’re a private corporation and we believe in free enterprise and capitalism, is the counterargument I constantly hear,” they say.
He said, “This is a fantastic example of why that reasoning is so insufficient, since these individuals aren’t just suppressing because the rules of the market demand it. Sometimes they censor because the government shows up at their door and demands that they do something, after which they act in a way that influences the presidential election.”
Given the possible impact that information and news concerning the contents of Hunter’s laptop may have had on voters’ choices prior to November 2020, Marlow characterized the concerted censoring between Big Tech and the FBI as “tantamount to election meddling.”
According to independent analyses, some of which were conducted by pro-Biden organizations, the Hunter Biden story’s lack of coverage, which implicates the whole Biden family in corruption, affected millions of votes, Vance commented. Because our government ordered Zuckerberg what to have his digital media firm to do, it wasn’t disseminated on social media nearly as much as it should have been.
He added, “It’s an earth-shattering story. We’re never going to win the long-term war until we rein in the internet firms and unless we control the amount of power and impact they have over American elections.”
Freedom of speech and expression is necessary for an effective American public that can produce “better public policy” and make “better judgments,” according to Vance. He came to the conclusion that technology businesses “supported by the government agencies are denying us these fundamental liberties.”
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