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Major Tech CEOs voiced their concerns about the so-called “cancel-culture mob” Wednesday during a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on anti-trust laws.
CEOs Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jeff Bezos of Amazon expressed concerns about the online efforts to stifle freedom of expression, according to a C-SPAN video clip. All of the CEOs, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, agreed that free expression was critical to their technology platforms.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio posed the question on cancel culture to each CEO, according to the video.
“It’s something that I’m not, uh, all the way up to speed on,” Cook said. “If you’re talking about where someone with a different point of view, uh, talks and they’re, they’re canceled, I don’t think that’s good. I think it’s good for people to hear different points of view and decide for themselves,” he said.
Jordan referenced “the digital thunderdome,” a term that New York Times editor Bari Weiss used in her resignation letter to describe environment people with views outside the mainstream orthodoxy face online. Jordan pointed out Weiss is not a conservative, but “center-left,” and cancel culture will “target” anyone who disagrees with them. Weiss resigned on July 14 and criticized the NYT’s cancel culture, according to Vice.
“Are the rest of you concerned about the cancel-culture mob and what it’s up to?” Jordan asked.
Pichai told Jordan Google’s platforms are created to permit “freedom of expression” and said diversity of opinions on their platforms has increased, using YouTube as an example, according to... (Read more)
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