Pompeo slams tech titans for ‘authoritarianism cloaked as moral righteousness’ during Voice of America speech – after Parler was cut off by Google, Amazon and Apple

Pompeo slams tech titans for ‘authoritarianism cloaked as moral righteousness’ during Voice of America speech – after Parler was cut off by Google, Amazon and Apple

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to U.S. government-funded airwaves on Monday where he described recent actions by tech titans to curb free speech including on platforms like Twitter and Facebook as being ‘a kind of censorial instinct that is dangerous.’

Pompeo used the speech on Voice Of America to deliver a full-throated defense of the Trump administration’s presentation of its foreign policy and its support for democracy abroad, but he also used his time to attack VOA employees who had sought to block his speech from being broadcast live.

Employees were concerned the speech would come across as propaganda rather than as balanced news coverage, but Pompeo rejected the complaints and compared them to the actions of Twitter and other social media outlets to ban Trump from its platforms.

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Source: Daily Mail