The CEOs of the four biggest tech companies in the world recently testified before Congress.
It would have been a key moment to grill them over worries that they are censoring Americans—and bowing to China.
Instead, most of the time was spent with congressmen giving speeches, giving the CEOs little time to talk.
So, Trump is calling out these lawmakers, saying he’ll do what they refuse:
President Donald Trump demanded Wednesday that Congress hold top Silicon Valley technology companies accountable.
“If Congress doesn’t bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “In Washington, it has been ALL TALK and NO ACTION for years, and the people of our Country are sick and tired of it!”
Why It’s Important:
President Trump criticized Congress for holding a meeting that was “all talk and no action.”
He accused them of wasting years by not holding Big Tech accountable.
Many experts have raised the alarm over the incredible influence these companies have over America. They control many of the ways we communicate and receive information.
It would not be hard for these companies to manipulate what we see about our country and government. Many have accused them of already doing that.
Conservatives frequently feel silenced or bullied by online censorship. Recently, even the president himself has been censored by sites like Twitter.
But instead of demanding answers from these CEOs and change, Congress just wasted their time.
President Trump is promising action instead. He vowed to pass executive orders that will hold big tech companies accountable for how they treat their customers.
He said this should have been done years ago, but Congress refuses.
The president has previously signed executive orders directing the DOJ to investigate cases of online censorship.
He could follow that up with measures to punish companies that manipulate search data, suppress posts, or otherwise silence political speech.
But more permanent solutions must come from Congress. The government can pass bills that would stop Big Tech in its tracks.
If they will, however, remains to be seen.
- President Trump criticized Congress over a hearing with Big Tech CEOs.
- He accused Congress of being all talk no action.
- Trump promised to do what Congress refuses and rein in Big Tech censorship.