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The Biases of Big Tech — and What Should Be Done About It

'You can't have a company that is going after people based on their conservative thought and shadow-banning them' for it

“This has nothing to do with politics. If [President Donald Trump] wants better stories, then create better news,” declared Democratic strategist Dr. David Nichols Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

Nichols was reacting to President Trump’s statements earlier on Tuesday, both on Twitter and in the Oval Office, in which he, along with many others, expressed concern that Big Tech is using its power to present users with search results, tweets, and posts that favor liberal news stories and a liberal point of view.

Nichols’ explanation for reports that PJ Media and others have generated, suggesting such a bias truly exists, was that there simply isn’t much good news to report about Trump.

And further, he suggested that the good news that is reported isn’t cited or shared enough to warrant favorable positioning in Google’s algorithm-based search results.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, said, “You can run a company any way you want to, but it is such a monopoly.”

“Between Google and Facebook, it reaches 1.8 billion people on a daily basis,” Lewandowski said. “I’m not in favor of government[‘s] overzealous regulation, but you can’t have a company that is going after people based on their conservative thought and shadow-banning them or banning them in an unfair manner.”

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He emphasized that it is important for Americans to examine this closely — as it is a problem that is only going to grow.

“That’s not political speech. That’s terrifying, actually,” said host Laura Ingraham, referring to murder threats made against NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch’s children via Twitter.

“The only way these people learn is if it affects them directly. So if Dana Loesch has to have her children murdered before she’ll understand, I guess that’s what needs to happen,” read a horrifying tweet posted last Sunday by @MilanLegius.

Twitter initially failed to recognize the threatening tweet as a violation of their terms of service; it later backtracked and suspended the account — but didn’t permanently ban — the individual who lodged the heinous threat.

Lewandowski pointed out that by contrast, conservative pundit and Turning Points USA communications director Candace Owens, who is black, was almost instantly suspended for content she posted, which was a parody of material originally written by The New York Times’ Sarah Jeong.

Owens changed a single word from “white” to “Jewish.” (In “The Ingraham Angle” segment, Lewandowski mistakenly said that the exchanged word went from “white” to “black.”)

The racist content posted by Jeong was apparently insufficient to warrant a suspension — yet Owens’ nearly identical words were.

The words Owens — parodying Jeong — wrote were, “Jewish people are bull***t … like dogs pissing on fire hydrants #cancelJewishpeople. Are Jewish people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun?” as The Washington Times reported in early August.

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

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