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Justice Dept. says social media giants “intentionally stifling” free speech and expression

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Lawmakers are investigating foreign influence campaigns on social media platforms — giving gravitas to the leftist Russian collusion hoax. These should be First Amendment hearings with the stated goal of insuring our First Amendment rights. Anti-trust regulation is long overdue. It’s time to break up the social media’s hard-left, information-conduit oligopoly.

The enemies of freedom are right here at home. Iran and Russia, yes. But who is investigating the treason of the Democrat party?

Justice Dept. says social media giants may be ‘intentionally stifling’ free speech

The Justice Department has confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed a “growing concern” that social media giants may be “hurting competition” and “intentionally stifling” free speech and expression.

Tech Crunch, September 5, 2018:

The comments come as Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey gave testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers investigate foreign influence campaigns on their platforms.

Social media companies have been under the spotlight in recent years after threat actors, believed to be working closely with the Russian and Iranian governments, used disinformation spreading tactics to try to influence the outcome of the election.

“The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms,” said Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley in an email.

It’s not clear exactly if the Justice Department is pushing for regulation or actively investigating the platforms for issues relating to competition — or antitrust. Social media companies aren’t covered under US free speech laws — like the First Amendment — but have long said they support free speech and expression across their platforms, including for users in parts of the world where freedom of speech is more restrictive.

Neither Facebook nor Twitter immediately responded to a request for comment.

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