Big Tech Facing Blowback from State Attorneys General

( – After the 2020 election, Big Tech ratched up its attacks on conservatives online. Former President Donald Trump, who was in office at the time, was permanently banned from all of the major social media platforms. Other prominent Republicans have found themselves as victims of bans as well.

The legislature is controlled by Democrats, so there is little chance of getting anything done at the congressional level. As a result, state officials decided to take action since the federal government hasn’t.

Attorneys General Come Together

On Wednesday, March 10, three state attorneys general held a press conference outlining the plan to get Big Tech under control. The conference call was held on Zoom and organized by the Media Research Center.

During the conference call, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she is conducting probes into antitrust behavior. She asked anyone who has been censored by the companies to get in touch with her at [email protected]. Fitch said hearing from average people is a good way to put a “human face on all this censorship.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched investigations of Amazon, Twitter, Google, and Apple for their roles in the decision to shut down Parler — the free speech platform. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge contended the social media platforms are the “new town squares” and therefore they should not be allowed to censor users. She recently introduced a bill that will fine companies $10,000 per incident if they kick people off of their platforms.

Not Just Attorneys General

It’s not just states’ top prosecutors who are taking action. Florida Governor Greg DeSantis (R) introduced legislation in February, the first state to do so, to force the companies to disclose the data they collected from users. It forces the companies to allow users to delete the information. They will be able to sue if the companies refuse to comply.

DeSantis said the law will allow Floridians to take back their power from the tech companies. If the federal government isn’t going to act, it’s clear states will. Maybe that will give Congress the incentive they need to do their jobs.

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