Debate: Chris Hedges VS Ramesh Srinivasan: Is Big Tech Too Powerful?

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Democracy Now! on Jan 11, 2021

Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies have removed President Trump from their platforms, after years of debate about the disinformation he shared to millions of followers from his accounts.

While many are applauding the bans, author Chris Hedges warns they could backfire. “To allow these companies to essentially function as de facto platforms for censorship and manipulation … harkens back to the way civil liberties were eviscerated in the wake of 9/11,” says Hedges. “It’s always, in the end, the left that pays for this kind of censorship.”

We also speak with UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan, director of the Digital Cultures Lab, who says Big Tech allowed right-wing extremism to flourish for years before acting and that lawmakers need to enact robust regulation. “All of these technology platforms, powered by their hidden algorithms that are indeed opaque, thrive on the amplification of polarization,” says Srinivasan. “It is incredible how much power we have given to a very small number of people who are essentially mediating pretty much every aspect of our lives.”

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See also:

The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange, by Chris Hedges

From the archives:

Warnings from Weimar + The Corporate State is Not Our Friend, by Kenn Orphan

Chris Hedges and Cornel West: America’s Existential Crisis

Things That Keep Me Up At Night, January 2021 Edition, by Kenn Orphan

The Threat of Fascism Rears its Head in Washington, by Pete Dolack + PSL Statement: Trump Incites Fascist Insurrection Against Congress — What Comes Next?

Chris Hedges: It’s Actually A Fairly Ominous Ruling + Kevin Gosztola and John Kiriakou: The Assange Extradition Decision

Total Shutdown of Dissent is U.S. Censorship’s Endgame, by Rainer Shea

Chris Hedges: The Undercurrents of Fascism in America’s DNA

Fight the Trumpism that will Outlast Trump

Don’t Let Up: Fascism Isn’t Dead Yet, by Pete Dolack

Chris Hedges: Shredding Journalistic Credibility

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