WASHINGTON (SBG) - FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr says he is deeply disturbed by the “unchecked power” of Google, Facebook and other Big Tech companies following the ban of Donald Trump across social media and the removal of conservative social network Parler.
“What we're seeing right now runs directly contrary to the one of the most important core cultural aspects of this country, which is free speech,” said Carr to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat Wednesday morning.
“We've got Big Tech, which now has more control over more speech than any institution in history, deciding what we can say, who can speak,” said Carr. “I think this is heading down the wrong path.”
Carr says he is concerned with the inconsistency in reasoning for taking speech down online.
“The hypocrisy here is stunning. You can have the Ayatollah Khamenei calling for genocide and wiping out entire populations, that's fine. You've got Communist China out there, spreading you know lies about COVID and otherwise, that's fine,” said Carr. “But if you look at what they actually go after. it seems to be the core thread is political speech coming from the right, and that's disturbing.”
Carr calls for greater oversight of Big Tech companies at both the federal and state level.
“The Federal Trade Commission needs to step up and hold these websites accountable to their terms of service ... the FCC where I work, I think we should step in and narrow the definition of Section 230, the law that largely gives them an incentive in cover for a lot of this content moderation,” said Carr. “I do think it’s time for some fundamental reforms.”