The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) has been revived once again in the Senate following a deal between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The deal, which could lead to more social media censorship, highlights the importance of social media platforms like Truth Social that serve as an alternative to Big Tech.
According to Sen. Klobuchar, the bill will “enable news organizations to negotiate on a level playing field with the big tech companies if we want to preserve a strong and independent press.” In reality, the bill grants news organizations the ability to form a legal cartel in an effort to negotiate with Big Tech in return for special favors, according to Breitbart.
Earlier this month, Sen. Cruz introduced an amendment that would prevent collusion between media companies and tech companies on content moderation which led to the bill being withdrawn from consideration.
“What this amendment would do, is it would say [that] when the cartel sits down to negotiation,” Cruz stated when introducing his amendment, adding, “it would say ‘we’re not going to discuss censorship, we’re going to discuss price.'” This week, however, the bill passed through committee following some backdoor dealing as lobbyists from Big Tech pressured senators to pass the legislation which would grant additional powers to Facebook, Google, and Twitter to control content.
With it becoming clear that the Democrat Party wishes to silence conservative voices via Big Tech, it becomes increasingly apparent that third-party outlets like Truth Social are becoming some of the last remnants online for the free exchange of ideas for conservatives.
Without the Trump-backed platform, conservatives would be unable to hear from the leader of the Republican Party who was kicked off of Twitter and other social media in January 2021. Additionally, conservatives, and the ideas that they support, are being actively driven from everyday platforms as Democrats collude with Silicon Valley.
Earlier this month, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released information about an ongoing investigation into collusion between Twitter and Facebook with the White House to censor information on stories related to covid-19 and other pressing topics.
“Here’s what we know so far. DOJ identified 45 federal officials who have interacted with social media companies on misinformation,” the Missouri attorney general wrote on Twitter. “Beyond DOJ, Meta identified 32 additional federal officials including White House Officials who communicated with them, and YouTube identified 11 federal officials including White House Officials who communicated with them, many of whom were not disclosed by DOJ.”
A senior FB official sent an email to the Surgeon General stating, “I know our teams met today to better understand the scope of what the White House expects from us on misinformation going forward.” This email chain follows the SG’s “misinformation health advisory” in July 2021. pic.twitter.com/PeqglHalRI
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) September 1, 2022
“This is a vast censorship enterprise, and the American people deserve to see the truth,” he continued, adding, “Here are examples that already prove that federal officials and social media companies are coordinating on censorship, and we’re not close to being done yet: A senior FB official sent an email to the Surgeon General stating, ‘I know our teams met today to better understand the scope of what the White House expects from us on misinformation going forward.” This email chain follows the SG’s “misinformation health advisory’ in July 2021.”
As Schmitt’s investigation continues to uncover collusion, Democrats are attempting to solidify the control of Big Tech before they lose Congress this November. This should be stopped.
The JCPA should be shot down in Congress, however, the power of Big Tech may be too much for Republican legislators to stand up against. Because of this, alternative platforms may be the way out for everyday Americans wishing to voice their opinions freely without fear of censorship.
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