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Concrete Examples of Google, Facebook and Twitter Violating ‘Net Neutrality’

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg returns to the witness table after taking a brief break while testifying before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, …
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The following post is sponsored by Free Our Internet.

As we have explained, the 2015 net neutrality rules passed under Obama did not apply to Google, Facebook, or any big internet platform; thus they represent FAKE net neutrality. In fact, the massive lobbying forces of Silicon Valley worked hand and glove with the Obama administration to ensure that net neutrality did not apply to their own business practices.

While these information gatekeepers dodge any sort of neutrality responsibility on their platforms, they publicly preach the importance of so-called net neutrality for all internet users. Here are some of their own words about so-called “net neutrality”:

1. Twitter claims to care about “free expression.”

2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports an “open platform for everyone.”

3. Google stands for “competition” and “free expression.”

“Thanks in part to net neutrality, the open internet has grown to become an unrivaled source of choice, competition, innovation, free expression, and opportunity. And it should stay that way.

Today’s open internet ensures that both new and established services, whether offered by an established internet company like Google, a broadband provider, or a small start-up, have the same ability to reach users on an equal playing field.”

If you thought that these companies abide by the spirit of net neutrality as outlined in their public positions—think again. Their hypocrisy is real, which is why Obama’s “net neutrality,” which the Democrats are trying to bring back by use of the CRA, is FAKE net neutrality. Any form of real net neutrality would also apply to companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook – the very companies blocking content.

Former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made his feelings perfectly clear in an interview with Fox Business in March of last year, stating, “We’re not arguing for censorship, we’re arguing for just take it off the page… right… Put it somewhere else. Make it harder to find.”

So much for a “free and open internet.”

Below are some examples of how Silicon Valley companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have violated the principles they purport to support with so-called net neutrality. To see more examples — dating back years — visit “Report the Bans” on FreeOurInternet.org.

  • 4/8/18 – Facebook censors Diamond and Silk’s page, labeling them “unsafe to the community.” The outspoken sisters were were provided with no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe.
  • 11/2/17 – The president’s Twitter handle, @RealDonaldTrump, is deactivated for 11 minutes.
  • 10/9/17 – Twitter shuts down Congressman Marsha Blackburn’s campaign’s ability to promote her announcement video because of pro-life statements.
  • 9/9/17 – A pro-Trump YouTube star has her song “Make America Great Again” taken down from YouTube. The company refuses to comment on this specific case.
  • 10/12/16 – Google’s YouTube censors conservative video channel by labeling it “restricted adult content.”
  • 6/22/16 – Anti-Hillary Clinton game removed from Google Play Store, but “Punch the Trump” game remains.
  • 6/10/16 – Investigative video released showing how Google manipulates search results to favor Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
  • 6/26/06 – Google begins to prioritize its own services over those of start-up competitor Foundem.com in search results.

To learn more about the fake net neutrality being considered by Congress, go to www.FreeOurInternet.org

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