Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has renewed her call to breakup tech giants, arguing that social media sites like Facebook should not have the power to ban former President Donald Trump.
“I’m glad that he’s not on Facebook,” Warren said on Thursday afternoon in an interview with Cheddar News regarding Trump’s suspension. “I think that he poses a real danger. But I don’t think that Facebook ought to have this kind of power. We need to break up these giant tech companies, and Facebook is one of them.”
Warren said that Facebook is “crushing competition” and “acting like they’re bigger than the government,” the evidence for which includes the nickname the Facebook Oversight Board gave itself.
“The group that made this decision calls itself ‘the Supreme Court,'” Warren said. “They are not the Supreme Court. They’re part of a private company. They need to be broken up. We need a chance for competition to flourish here, and we need a chance to have some power that balances out what these giants are up to.”
Anchor Kristen Scholer noted that the people overseeing Facebook’s policies “were not elected by the public, rather, instated by Facebook, and yet the Oversight Board kicked the can back to Facebook. So we’ll see how it all plays out,” she said.
Watch below via Cheddar News:
"I'm glad he's not on Facebook, I think he poses a real danger. But, Facebook shouldn't have this type of power. They're acting like they're bigger than government."
— Cheddar News 🧀 (@cheddar) May 5, 2021
His office released the following statement:
What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before. The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.
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