I’m almost never a fan of the government regulating what private companies can do, short of actual crime. However, what choice would there be if, for instance, the phone company possessing a de facto monopoly decided to block calls made by Republicans?
We have already extensive public accommodation law precedents, and the giant left-coast social media and search engines are currently getting away with unconscionable bias toward certain customers.
Zero Hedge agrees with Trump that these companies are treading on dangerous ground.
On Tuesday morning, President Trump lashed out at Google, with his remarks later broadening to include Twitter and Facebook, accusing it of “rigging” search results by presenting only results “from National Left-Wing Media” and accused “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.”
Those companies “better be careful because you canâ€™t do that to people,” Trump said later in the Oval Office. “I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population.â€
Google immediately responded, condemning Trump’s charge, and claiming that “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we donâ€™t bias our results toward any political ideology.”
And yet, as so often happens, in Trump’s crude delivery, the politically incorrect truth was once again found.
According to a memo posted on Facebook’s internal message board titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity”, and which was published by the New York Times, senior Facebook engineer Brian Amerige confirmed Trump’s allegation writing that “we are a political monoculture thatâ€™s intolerant of different views” and shockingly admitted that “we claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack â€” often in mobs â€” anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology. We throw labels that end in *obe and *ist at each other, attacking each otherâ€™s character rather than their ideas.”
The scathing indictment of Facebook’s liberal “mono-culture” continues:
We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with whatâ€™s around them politically.â€‹ HR has told me that this is not a rare concern, and Iâ€™ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect. Your colleagues are afraid because they know that they â€” not their ideas â€” will be attacked. They know that all the talk of â€œopenness to different perspectivesâ€ does not apply to causes of â€œsocial justice,â€ immigration, â€œdiversityâ€, and â€œequality.â€ On this issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.
“These are not fears without cause” Amerige writes, and continues the stunning disclosure of the company’s biased culture, “Because we tear down posters welcoming Trump supporters. We regularly propose removing Thiel from our board because he supported Trump. Weâ€™re quick to suggest firing people who turn out to be misunderstood, and even quicker to conclude our colleagues are bigots. We have made â€œAll Lives Matterâ€ a fireable offense. We put Palmer Luckey through a witch hunt because he paid for anti-Hillary ads. We write each other ad-hoc feedback in the PSC tool for having â€œoffensiveâ€ ideas. We ask HR to investigate those who dare to criticize Islamâ€™s human rights record for creating a â€œnon inclusive environment.â€ And they called me a transphobe when I called out our corporate art for being politically radical.