In 2016, the influence of big tech was very beneficial to Republicans. Facebook's total refusal to remove any kind of misinformation helped bring Donald Trump to the White House.
However, the GOP has spent much of the last 4 years beating up social media companies. Donald Trump himself was particularly upset that Twitter checked some of his most outrageous tweets for fact.
The GOP was dealt another blow by YouTube on Wednesday. After Biden's victory was confirmed in all 50 states, the website promised to remove electoral misinformation videos from its platform.
This decision drew the ire of Tucker Carlson, who dedicated part of his show to the decision. The Fox host began:
“The company that rigged the election by suppressing legitimate information in order to influence the election results more effectively than a foreign government could ever do is now asking us to maintain our confidence in the election. You need to censor us more. How exactly do election-related videos cause harm? YouTube doesn't explain that. They would damage YouTube's reputation and Google's reputation. We need to liquidate this company immediately. "
Carlson continued: "What in the world is going on here? When you ask rational questions, you reach a dead end because there are no rational answers. This is just total totalitarian control over the population. "
Check out a clip below with the Fox host's comments, courtesy of the Fox News Network. "
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.