Big Tech has a serious censorship problem. President Trump announced last July that the White House had received more than 16,000 credible reports from users alleging they had been wrongfully censored or barred from access to digital platforms.
Every major platform, from Twitter to TikTok, has been involved in multiple high-profile controversies that call their moderation practices into question. Even the trustworthiness of Google Search is now in doubt after investigative reporting by the Wall Street Journal found incidents of blacklisting, algorithm tweaks, and manual meddling with certain “incendiary” search results.
Despite enormous evidence of partisan tomfoolery, the Big Tech companies want you to suspend your disbelief. They continue to claim they are neutral arbiters of user-generated content, that they favor no political ideology or cultural viewpoint over another, and that they simply exist to facilitate online communication.
They need the American people to accept this argument at face value. Otherwise, we might object to one of the most lucrative sweetheart deals ever offered to private industry by the U.S. government: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.