Curbing Big Tech’s enormous power is the rare issue that has strong support from both Democrats and Republicans, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said.
“It’s a fascinating issue because Democrats don’t like these Big Tech companies for one set of reasons and Republicans don’t like them for another set of reasons, but we’re unified in not liking them—and anytime that happens, you can pass legislation,” Buck, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee of Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”
Buck and Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) last month announced a bipartisan agenda that seeks to hold Big Tech companies “accountable for anti-competitive conduct.”
Five pieces of legislation unveiled by a group led by the pair include bills that would bar conduct deemed discriminatory by the companies, prohibit acquisition of competitive threats, and promote competition by making it easier for businesses to enter the digital space.
Cicilline argued at the time that the “unregulated tech monopolies have too much power over our economy.”
“They are in a unique position to pick winners and losers, destroy small businesses, raise prices on consumers, and put folks out of work. Our agenda will level the playing field and ensure the wealthiest, most powerful tech monopolies play by the same rules as the rest of us,” he said in a statement.
#BigTech: "We can't just say I don't like this antitrust solution because it doesn't do enough on #Censorship. We've got to…[be] pushing in every area."@RepKenBuck on his push for a suite of bipartisan antitrust bills to reign in big tech. #CPACTexas @CPAC pic.twitter.com/hNMjz7NcWN— Jan Jekielek (@JanJekielek) July 11, 2021
Buck noted that Google controls approximately 94 percent of online searches in America, giving them a unique ability to influence what users see when they attempt to learn about various subjects.
“If Google, and they did, change their algorithm six months before the election, and that change benefited Joe Biden and harmed Donald Trump, and when you when you change an algorithm like that you are affecting millions of voters—and I’m not saying they changed millions of votes—but what they did was when people searched, they would find bad articles on Donald Trump higher and good articles on Joe Biden higher in their search results. That tends to impact public opinion,” Buck said.