During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, whined that conservatives were being unfairly censored social media, but he wound up making one heck of a case for net neutrality, which his father’s FCC chiarman eviscerated in December 2017.
According to Eric, tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter are rigging their their algorithms against conservatives because the executives at the companies are all Democrats. (Of course, he offered zero proof of his assertion.):
“Look at Google. You had an executive, couple days after the election, up on stage talking to the other Google executives crying, literally crying that Trump won the election. Don’t tell me there is no bias.”
What exactly can be done to rectify the supposed bias? Eric was asked. He suggested the Supreme Court forbid tech companies from deleting or banning any content, no matter how disgusting or harmful it might be:
“I’d love to see it go to the Supreme Court, to tell you the truth. They hide under the veil that, ‘well, we’re private companies, we’re private companies.’ But you know what? You’re no longer a private company, when you’re a monopoly. When Facebook has 1.7, 1.8 billion users around the world, you’re beyond a private company. You become a monopoly.”
Steve Doocy interjected to ask:
“And then you are governed by free speech.”
And yet, when such a plan of treating tech companies as utilities was in place under the Obama administration, Eric’s father sat by and watched as FCC chief Ajit Pai eagerly shredded rules that mandated net neutrality, ThinkProgress notes:
“In 2015, under President Barack Obama, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established ‘net neutrality’ protections, which would have ensured an open internet governed by the principle that all traffic be treated equally regardless of its content. In December 2017, on a party line vote, Trump’s handpicked FCC chairman Ajit Pai rammed through a repeal of those net neutrality protections. ‘We are helping consumers and promoting competition,’ Pai claimed at the time.”
So, Eric, if you’re such a fan of net neutrality, maybe you need to talk it over with your father (provided he’ll take your call) and drop by the FCC to have a talk with Chairman Pai.
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