On Thursday, Breitbart News hosted a town hall in New Orleans titled: “Masters of the Universe”: Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy. Panelists included Ann Coulter, political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, and lawyer; Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and best-selling author of Clinton Cash and Secret Empires and Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. The panel was moderated by Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief of Breitbart News.
The entire discussion was quite enlightening, with information being given on the true power that big tech and big social media have over our lives and the information we get on the Internet.
Coulter was praising the work of fellow panelist Robert Epstein, whose seminal June 2016 essay “The New Censorship” argued that Google “isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor.”
Epstein took the topic handed off by Coulter and explained that Big Tech poses troubling problems of both surveillance and censorship. Facebook, Twitter, and especially Google are gathering massive amounts of information about us, and they are also influencing what information we receive.
“Even Twitter makes decisions about whether or not Ann Coulter’s tweets are going to go to her followers or not,” he pointed out. “That is called shadowbanning, and that has been documented. They actually do that.”
“I could go on forever about the censorship problem,” Epstein said. “These companies, they determine what we’re going to see and what we’re not going to see. Sometimes they put fancy language on it, like they’re going to suppress fake news stories.”
“The fact is, we don’t know what rules they’re applying, and there’s lots of evidence now that they are systematically suppressing political views that they just don’t like — not just on the Right, by the way, but progressives as well. They just go after anyone they want to, and there’s nothing we can do about it. There’s no recourse,” he said.
The event was live-streamed and can be seen below. The actual discussion starts at about the 14:18 mark:
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