Republican Sen. Josh Hawley Warns ‘Woke, Liberal’ Big Tech Companies Are Trying to Influence 2020 Elections

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., asks a question during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Police Use of Force and Community Relations”, in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter are operated by “woke capitalists” who are intent on using their “enormous power” to influence the outcome of the 2020 elections and censor conservative voices, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri warned Thursday.

Hawley, who is well-known for his activism against Big Tech companies, made the allegations in an unsuccessful attempt to force a vote on the Senate floor for his Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act.

In introducing the bill, Hawley accused the Big Tech platforms of “trying to use their power to shape the outcome of the election” and engaging in escalating acts of censorship against conservatives.

“Let’s just cut to the chase, the Big Tech platforms are owned and operated by woke capitalists. They are leftists. They are liberals. They are not conservatives. They are no friends to conservatives. They fervently opposed the election of Donald Trump and other conservatives in 2016. They fervently oppose it this year and now they are trying to use their power to shape the outcome of an election,” Hawley said.

“For months, the tech platforms have been engaging in escalating acts of censorship — political censorship aimed at conservatives. They’ve censored the president of the United States, they have banned pro-life groups from their sites. They have tried to silence independent conservative journalists like the Federalist,” he said.

No such action has been taken, he said, against liberal news organizations or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Hawley called his bill a “simple, straightforward solution to the censorship power of these digital platforms.” It would have impacted platforms with more than 30 million users in the U.S. or 300 million users worldwide and revenues of more than $1.5 billion.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair