Bad actions by big tech is one of the most important issues facing America today. And what makes it so very difficult to address — just ask any attorney general who has tried to subpoena Facebook or Google — is that big tech giants have all the evidence and only give out what they want to. And they don’t want to give out much.
The surest proof of bias lies behind the magic curtain of these monster companies in Silicon Valley. But unless you’ve pledged undying loyalty to the Secret Fraternity of The Brotherhood of the Newsfeed Algorithm, you will never see the inner workings of the most influential and persuasive pieces of software code in the world.
And none of us seemed to notice — or care — until big tech started taking action after now-President Donald Trump’s political prominence began rising in 2015. Not surprisingly, their actions seemed to target activists on one side of the ideological spectrum.
Maybe my use of the word “seemed” is too generous.
“Of 22 prominent, politically active individuals who are known to have been suspended [by Twitter] since 2005 and who expressed a preference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, 21 supported Donald Trump,” reported Richard Hanania, a Ph.D and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, in a February study.