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Majority of Republicans and Democrats believe tech giants wield too much power

A new poll from Pew Research revealed that 72 percent of American adults believe social media companies wield too much power and influence in politics - majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.

Published: July 24, 2020, 8:33 am

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    Only 22 percent thought Silicon Valley oligarchs have the “right amount” of political power, while a mere 6 percent said it was “not enough”.

    Nine out of 10 “conservative Republicans” (89 percent) felt social media platforms hold too much power. Surprisingly, even liberal Democrats agreed with the statement (60 percent).

    The results echoed a similar 2018 finding which found that Republicans believed social media platforms censor political content, and were biased against conservatives.

    At least 47 percent of the US voting public want the government to regulate giant technology companies to a larger extent, while just 11 percent thought they should be regulated less, Pew Research reported.

    Despite this, Google appears to have increased their censorship algorithms this week by deleting most conservative and alt-media sites from their search results.

    As Mediaite reported, everything from The National Pulse, The Drudge Report, Newsbusters, The Bongino Report, and Human Events were affected but “[l]egacy media outlets — including The New York Times and Washington Post — did not appear to be harmed.”

    Tech giants such as Google have been lying about the political censorship they have been involved in for more than decade. They have also been compiling blacklists of all alt-media sites since 2017 when Google enlisted a 10 000 strong “army” to censor content deemed “upsetting” or “offensive” or “fake news”.

    After Senator Josh Hawley complained, Google once again said it was the result of a “technical error”.

    The first votes in the 2020 US presidential election will be cast six weeks and Google has made it quite clear they will be interfering in this election to the detriment of American voters.

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