by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Editors at the Washington Examiner identify a fundamental problem with Big Tech companies.
What’s wrong with Big Tech? It has a morality problem.
One sign is contained in the internal Twitter documents released on Friday. Before Elon Musk purchased Twitter, the company’s ever-so-woke senior employees censored a factual news story at the request of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Not only that, but they were in the habit of doing this. And the very people who engaged in this un-American and immoral activity are decrying Musk’s takeover of Twitter as a tragedy — the worst thing that could happen to the national conversation.
Here is a second illustration. Amid the latest wave of anti-regime protests in China, Apple has helped the regime suppress dissent by changing AirDrop’s peer-to-peer file-sharing feature for users inside mainland China. This has taken away from the protesters a vital resource for sharing information with strangers outside the supervision of Chinese authorities. This decision by Apple is clearly premeditated and appears to be profit motivated. It also contrasts with Musk’s new Twitter, which has allowed itself to become a resource for the protesters, who can access it with a virtual private network despite China’s ban on the platform.
Here is a third illustration of the same problem. Within weeks of taking over Twitter, Musk has managed to do something that the recently fired management team had been dragging its feet on for years: He acted immediately to cleanse the platform of child prostitution advertisements. Among his first reforms was to introduce two-click reporting for posts involving child sexual exploitation and the quick abolition of hashtags dedicated to such exploitation. Perhaps this is now possible because, under Musk, Twitter wastes less of its time policing users’ political opinions and instead focuses on real threats.