To lobby, or to lobby? Pro-censorship is no longer a question for Twitter. A group of technology companies, including Twitter, are seeking to advance their policy objectives.
Pro-censorship Twitter and Vimeo are among the five companies that have formed the “Open Internet Alliance” to advocate for specific laws and regulations on the Internet.
The Open Internet Alliance (OIA) describes itself as “an informal group of companies that advocate for fair and progressive control in Europe and around the world.” These companies are Twitter, Vimeo, Automattic, Jodel and Seznam.cz. While the OIA seeks to position itself as “the biggest and most powerful company”, Twitter and Vimeo certainly do not lack size or influence. The search engine journal has ranked Twitter among the top 10 social media sites and platforms for 2021, and Vimeo has described itself as the “world’s top video software solution” with 260 million users. Not only that, Twitter has a long history of biased censorship, which has ousted former President Donald Trump from the platform. Vimeo has also engaged in biased censorship, removed a traditional Christian church, and censored a documentary by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Twitter has announced the creation of OIA in Public Policy One March 22 Tweet, Saying, “The Internet is the #MoreThanFour company.” The Open Internet Alliance’s website states that with the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, “the open Internet is at a crossroads in Europe,” and the European Union has the opportunity to enact legislation that makes the Internet a safer and healthier place for companies of all sizes. A more competitive environment. ” The website adds, “We are concerned that these laws are creating the biggest and most powerful companies to grow bigger and stronger.” Yet Twitter was a big tech player involved in the theft of the 2020 U.S. election. The platform specifically disables links to a bombshell New York Post The report says detailed emails came from Hunter Biden, the son of then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, alleging family corruption in Ukraine.
This is not the first time that a Big Tech insider has tried to take an outside role in pushing for more censorship online. The so-called Facebook “whistleblower” Francis Hausen Became a leftist activist who was openly in favor of increasing censorship. One of the measures supported by the OIA, “Net Neutrality” has in the past been considered a controversial and independence-seeking measure.
Would an “open internet” be one where people with different perspectives have freedom of speech? Twitter and Vimeo are involved, who can be sure? European law tends to further restrict freedom of speech year after year.
The Internet Association for Big Tech lobbying group went bankrupt in December, with Big Tech companies spending about $ 55 million lobbying.
Perhaps the OIA is filling a lobbying void, advocating for favorable legislation for technology companies in the guise of making the Internet more “open”?
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