President warns tech giants that ‘perhaps we will’ sue over biases against Republicans
President Donald Trump has warned that his administration may sue Facebook and Google over allegations of bias against conservatives.
Trump said Wednesday said the tech giants should be sued over their anti-conservative bias, saying “perhaps we will” pursue legal action against the Internet duopoly.
“We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will,” Trump told Fox Business Network during a phone interview.
Trump also attacked Twitter over allegations the microblogging platform has been suppressing his own account.
President Trump said the company is “making it very hard” to “get out my message” by making it more difficult for people to follow him.
“Twitter is just terrible, what they do,” he said.
According to The Hill, the president reportedly complained about his account being throttled during an April meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who denied the allegations.
Republicans have long accused Google and Facebook of suppressing conservative content and ads, something they say violates free speech protections.
Others argue the sites are private companies that are not bound by the First Amendment and have the ability to regulate the content that appears on their platforms.
Some GOP lawmakers have suggested that Congress should remove protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in order to hold web platforms legally liable for content posted by users.
“These people are all Democrats. It’s totally biased towards Democrats,” Trump said, citing anti-Trump comments made by one Google employee published by a website run by conservative activist James O’Keefe.
The employee, Jen Gennai, confessed on video, secretly recorded by undercover reporters, that Google was working against Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, and planned to do the same in 2020.
In a move considered a cover-up by many, Google-owned YouTube deleted the video exposé from their platform.
Executives from the tech companies have long denied institutional bias at their companies, and Democrats have repeatedly said there is no evidence to back up conservatives’ claims there is widespread bias at companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
“We build our products with extraordinary care and safeguards to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without any regard for political viewpoint,” a Google spokesperson wrote in an email responding to Trump’s comments.
“Our rating guidelines are publicly visible for all to see.”