Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) offered a bill amendment based on OutKick’s Clay Travis’ testimony at a March subcommittee hearing on competition in digital markets.
Jordan writes, “In his written testimony to this Subcommittee, Mr. Clay Travis observed:
[W]e are living in a new gilded age, where tech billionaires — maybe soon to be trillionaires — have more power than any elected official in the land. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Apple’s Tim Cook, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have more power today than Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford ever did in the earliest days of the 20th century. These modern day tech monopolists can pick presidential election winners, control our national debates, and decide whose voice is heard and whose voice is not heard. The Supreme Court no longer decides what the law of the first amendment is in this country, these tech executives do.”
Jordan follows up to say, “Mr. Travis is right. Whether by de-platforming a president or shutting down Parler, shadow-banning conservatives or colluding with news media to bury the truth, Big Tech has time and again shown its agenda of advancing cancel culture.”
“Because of that commitment and Big Tech’s power,” Jordan goes on, “these companies represent an existential threat to American liberties. Big Tech must be stopped and special treatment for Silicon Valley must end. The Trump Administration took significant steps to rein in the power of these companies—steps the Obama-Biden Administration failed to take. The power of these companies should be broken up, and we hope the Biden Administration will continue the course established by the previous Administration.”
Here’s a clip from Clay’s House Judiciary testimony:
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 12, 2021
Here, Clay wrote about the impact Big Tech and cancel culture have had on various businesses.