Tucker Carlson took aim at the CEOs of big tech companies Twitter, Facebook, and Google on Thursday night, after they had spent much of the day testifying before Congress.
"Well, the ghost of George Orwell emerged from the grave today to orchestrate a hearing on Capitol Hill with the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google. They testified at the Capitol," he said, "and at that hearing, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, told is that actually he believes in free speech—it's one of his main principles."
After showing a clip of Dorsey speaking about how it is the importance of their principle of free speech that leads Twitter to see how essential it is that their "service not be used to sow confusion, division, or destruction. This makes the freedom to moderate content critical to us," Dorsey said.
Dorsey went on to say that "disinformation is a broad concept, and we needed to focus our approach on where we saw the greatest risk if we hope to have any impact at all."
"He did make a good point," Carlson conceded, "disinformation is a broad concept. In fact, yes it is, it is a slippery concept used for political purposes and if you use Twitter you know that, if you watch the news you know that. Remember, Jack Dorsey is the guy who literally shut down the sitting president of the United States and silenced him.
"Twitter censors accounts all the time of people whose politics they don't like. They suspended people for sharing the New York Post story on Hunter Biden's laptop right before the election. Obviously it's a risk when people are reporting things that are bad for Joe Biden's political career," Carlson joked.
"And it's not just Twitter. Facebook does this. Facebook is one of the most powerful companies in the world. It affects politics in countries you've never heard of and couldn't locate on a map. And it does this because Facebook, and most of these countries, have found a way to manipulate human behavior through technology. We're not guessing at this, it's not a conspiracy theory, it's true," Carlson said.
"In 2014, Facebook conducted an experiment that testing influencing the emotions of hundreds of thousands of its users," Carlson said, and intoned the name of Justin Rosenstein, who was one of the creators of Facebook's "like" button. Rosenstein admitted that "the tool he helped invent led to political polarization and to teens getting depressed."
"As you watch the suicide rate climb you have to ask yourself 'is social media implicated in that?' Of course it is. Facebook's former director of monetization, Tim Kendall, recently testified in Congress that Facebook engineers tried to make the platform as addictive as cigarettes."
Kendall has also said, according to Carlson, that "Facebook's algorithms help spread misinformation and division, and that Facebook is pushing us 'toward the brink of a civil war.'"
Zuckerberg testified before Congress that it is media, not social media, that is "driving the country apart."
"Of course social media is dividing us, it's destroying us," Carlson said.
In Congress, Dorsey was asked about this, and he said "you also have to take into account the broader ecosystem, it's not just about the platforms we use."
"Now wait a second," Carlson said, and went on to say that Dorsey "has created a justification for even more censorship on Twitter. 'People who oppose the regime use my platform,' that's what Jack Dorsey is saying, 'it's okay to shut them up.'"
Vince Coglianese spoke to Carlson about the events of the hearing, and Jan. 6, saying that "it's amazing to hear Jack Dorsey say Twitter has some culpability for the events of January 6," since when social media platform Parler took responsibility for their users, they were systematically banned from app stores and servers.
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