Donald Trump Says U.S. Should Sue Facebook and Google, Complains About Alleged Political Bias by Tech Giants
Todd Spangler, Variety, June 26, 2019
President Trump suggested the U.S. government might sue technology giants including Facebook and Google — though he didn’t spell out what the basis for such lawsuits might be — while he once again railed against the supposed anti-conservative bias of Silicon Valley companies.
In an interview Wednesday with Fox Business Network, he took issue with the European Commission’s moves to impose antitrust penalties against tech companies including Google.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the FTC are said to be considering launching antitrust investigations into Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Politicians including Sen. Elizabeth Warren have called for the breakup of massive technology companies, but experts say that course of action is a high legal bar that’s unlikely to play out anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Trump asserted that Big Tech companies are “all Democrats” and that their services are “totally biased toward Democrats.” Inexplicably, he argued that Twitter — where Trump has over 61 million followers — makes it difficult for people to follow him on the platform. Trump famously uses Twitter to post announcements and rants on a daily basis.
“What they did to me on Twitter is incredible,” he said. “I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you, they make it very hard for people to join me [on] Twitter and they make it very much harder for me to get out the message.”
In the interview with Fox Business, Trump also called out alleged bias by Google, referring to video footage released Tuesday by conservative group Project Veritas that purports to show a Google executive saying the company should be working to prevent “the next Trump situation.”
Regarding the Project Veritas video, the Google exec in question — Jen Gennai, head of responsible innovation, global affairs for the company — posted a blog response in which she said in part, “Unfortunately, I now know that these people lied about their true identities, filmed me without my consent, selectively edited and spliced the video to distort my words and the actions of my employer, and published it widely online.” She said the “Trump situation” she referred to was about how Google’s Trust and Safety team is working to help prevent the kinds of online foreign interference that happened in during the 2016 election.