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Texas AG Issues Civ­il Inves­tiga­tive Demands to Five Big Tech Com­pa­nies on Dis­crim­i­na­to­ry and Biased Poli­cies and Practices

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on January 13, 2021 issued civil investigative demands (CIDs) to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Web Services, and Apple.

Paxton is asking the companies for their policies and practices regarding content moderation and, more specifically, for information related to Parler, a social media application recently terminated or blocked by Google, Amazon, and Apple.

For years, these Big Tech companies have silenced voices in the social media sphere and shut down competing companies and platforms.

It has only grown worse in recent months. And just last week, this discriminatory action included the unprecedented step of removing and blocking President Donald Trump from online media platforms.

“First Amendment rights and transparency must be maintained for a free online community to operate and thrive.

However, the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President of the United States and several leading voices not only chills free speech, it wholly silences those whose speech and political beliefs do not align with leaders of Big Tech companies.

Every American should be concerned about this large-scale silencing and the effects it will have on the future of free speech,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The public deserves the truth about how these companies moderate and possibly eliminate speech they disagree with.”

“I am hopeful that these companies will set aside partisan politics and cooperate with these CIDs in order to get to the bottom of this contention and ensure a truly free online community consistent with the highest American ideals.”

Texas Capitol

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