Liberty-minded tech startups and independent media publishers have been pleading with President Donald Trump to take on the conservative bias and potential anti-trust violations by the Big Tech giants and he’s finally done it.
During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News this week, the president accused big tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, and Google of colluding with Democrats to censor his conservative supporters to gain a political advantage.
“Actually it’s incredible that I won the election because you know it was so rigged against me,” he said Monday. “It wasn’t Russians. Russia collusion was a delusion. But what there is, is there was collusion between the Democrats and these tech companies.”
POTUS said that any Republican candidate running in 2020 (and beyond if nothing is done) is going to face a “tremendous disadvantage” on social media thanks to its pervasive nature throughout our culture and society because the tech giants are run by raging Leftists.
He also noted that he surprised those who run the large social media platforms when he handily defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“It’s totally steered, which has been proven now, totally steered toward the Democrats, and yet I won,” he told Breitbart.
The president is spot-on with his assessment. Several studies including analyses of social media referral data prove that conservative, pro-Trump media and voices have suffered from bias in the form of censorship, “shadow” bans, and outright bans.
As NewsTarget reported almost a year ago:
…[A] major new study by the Media Research Center provides evidence galore that the social media behemoths are doing all they can to censor and downgrade content which does not promote Alt-Left social, cultural, and political views.
“War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media,” said an executive summary of the study.
In the president’s interview, Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said he would not only be running against Democrats and the media but also the big tech social media platforms as he gears up for his 2020 reelection.
Oddly, POTUS pointed to a call by a potential Democratic nominee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whose campaign recently proposed breaking up the big tech companies because they’ve gotten so big and powerful.
“Isn’t it funny? Elizabeth Warren called for their total breakup,” POTUS Trump said. “I do smile though, they’re so protective of her.” (Related: New alternatives to Twitter, Google, Facebook rapidly emerging: These sites won’t censor you.)
Warren and the president are not the only ones who support a big tech breakup. NewsCorps, owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch, called for Google to be broken up in a petition to Australian regulators.
“Google enjoys overwhelming market power in both online search and ad tech services,” the petition said, as reported by Phys.org. Google is “abusing its dominant position to the detriment of consumers, advertisers and publishers.”
For his part, the president was sympathetic to critics of the big tech platforms who are now pushing to regulate them.
“I understand a lot of people wanting to look into it,” POTUS Trump said. “I mean, normally I’d like to say let it be free, let it all be free, but it’s not free. It’s really run by a small number of people.”
Trump also cited reports from Breitbart that recently exposed conservative bias demonstrated by Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
“Now we’ve seen it, now we’ve caught them. We’ve seen the speeches, we’ve seen the in-house little videos that somehow got released. To men, that’s a very big scandal,” said the president.
The president did not say anything about whether his administration was gearing up to challenge the dominance of the big tech companies, but just the fact that he’s talking about their bias on a national podium will go along way towards educating millions of Americans.