Texas AG fights big tech, says or else ‘we may never have our free speech back’
By Jenny Goldsberry
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared on the Sara Carter show Friday to talk about his state’s fight with big tech. According to him, Texas is winning.
A federal judge in California recently threw out Twitter’s case against Paxton. The social media platform attempted to take Paxton to court when he began investigating former President Trump’s ban. But, the judge sided with Paxton, and allowed his investigation to continue.
“We have every right to ask those questions,” Paxton said of the investigation.
Paxton said he was lucky in this case, where others aren’t so lucky.
Big tech companies have every resource at their disposal, often able to employ many more lawyers than their competitors and they also have many Congressional members on their side because of campaign contributions, Carter pointed out. The Texas lawyer is now suing Google for its anticompetitive practices and wants to sue more big tech monopolies like it, but he knows it takes significant resources to stand up to them.
Carter asked the attorney general how these companies have gotten away with cornering the market for so long. Paxton suggested that it was a huge oversight from the beginning.
“I think the reason they do it is because we let them,” Paxton said. “Part of that is we’ve been lax in overseeing them.” He also mentioned Congress gave them special protections. Among them is Section 230, which protects social media companies from being liable for the opinions that are shared on their platforms. So, when fake news is circulated on their sites, they don’t face the consequences for it. But Paxton sees how this can lead to election interference in the future. In fact, it already has.
“I think that if we don’t quickly address this issue at the state level federal level in every possible way through litigations, there are such large monopolies,” Paxton said. “If we do not address this now, we may never have our free speech back.”
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