7/29/2020 Jim Jordan screaming match with Cicilline at Antitrust Hearing

July 31, 2020


On 7/29/2020, in his opening statement Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary Member, said, “Big Tech is out to get conservatives.” Jordan then read aloud examples of conservative-leaning publications and voices have been suppressed or censored on Facebook and Google. “We all think the free market is great. We think competition is great. We love the fact that these are American companies. But what’s not great is censoring people, censoring conservatives and trying to impact elections,” Jordan said. “If it doesn’t end, there has to be consequences.”

Jordan also got into a screaming match with Cicilline over his denied request to allow a lawmaker not on the Judiciary Committee to be able to ask questions. “We’re talking about people’s liberties here,” Jordan bellowed over Cicilline. “Put your mask on,” Jordan was told.

The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the market power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google ran to nearly six hours. Democrats and Republicans asked the CEOs of those companies a combined 217 questions. This video contains only questions relating to Facebook and answered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. They directed most of their questions to Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Pichai, then to Mr. Bezos, according to a tally by The New York Times. Mr. Cook was asked the fewest questions.

Rep. Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, asked the four CEOs if they’re concerned about “the cancel culture mob.” Pichai appeared confused by the question, answering that Google’s platforms have allowed for a greater diversity of voices to be heard before Jordan cut him off. “You are four individuals who have so much influence, it sure would help if you were out there criticizing what the cancel culture mob is doing to this country,” Jordan said.

Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Cook all seemed to agree with Jordan’s premise. Zuckerberg said he was concerned about “illiberalism” in online spaces, and Cook echoed that sentiment. Bezos had even sharper words. “Social media is a nuance-destruction machine,” Bezos said, in agreement with Jordan.

Jordan said Google was biased and asked Mr. Pichai whether the company would change its products to help elect Joseph R. Biden for president.
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