Breitbart News is hosting a town hall event in New Orleans tomorrow titled “Masters of the Universe”: Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy.
The Masters of the Universe Town Hall event will be hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will discuss the effect that big tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter can have on free speech, consumer privacy, and competition. The event is sponsored by Free Our Internet, a non-profit organization that advocates for free speech and online freedoms for all internet users across the United States, and features a number of high profile panel speakers including:
- Ann Coulter, political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, and lawyer
- Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and best-selling author of Clinton Cash and Secret Empires
- Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology
Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow will host the panel and commented on the event, saying, “Big tech is the biggest threat to free speech at this moment in time, and there is no fiercer advocate for the first amendment than Breitbart News.” He continued, “Never has so much power been concentrated in the hands of so few people, and Silicon Valley elite have, thus far, been able to operate with virtually zero transparency. The Masters of the Universe are unfathomably influential, secretive, and they are surveilling all of us right now, stockpiling our data for their own purposes. It’s time we broaden the discussion.”
Free Our Internet founder and Executive Director Christie-Lee McNally said, “Big Silicon Valley monopolies like Google and Facebook are tracking consumers’ every move; they are abusing and selling our personal information without our express consent, and they are controlling what we can see online by deciding what is and what isn’t ‘fake news.’ These companies are out of control and accountable to no one. Free our Internet is proud to partner with Breitbart for a serious discussion of these issues and to raise awareness around one the biggest threats to democracy today.”
The Town Hall will cover a number of issues relating to large tech companies, such as Facebook’s most recent user data scandal which allegedly saw the user data of 50 million people used by analysis firm Cambridge Analytica without users permission, Google’s overreaching control of the internet and what seems to be a liberal bias on behalf of the company, and the two companies advertising duopoly. Twitter’s alleged suppression of conservative viewpoints, revealed by investigative journalism group Project Veritas, will also be a key point discussed during the event.
Are we living in an age where Silicon Valley decides what speech is allowed? Should tech companies be regulated? And how can users make sure their voices are heard in the digital age? These issues will be discussed in-depth by panelists at the event.