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Texas AG fights big tech, says or else ‘we may never have our free speech back’

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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.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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