Tech’s titans are under attack from disgruntled conservatives, including President Donald Trump.
Last Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to complain that Google discriminates against conservative content. “This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!” he tweeted.
He followed that up with an allusion to the possibility of antitrust action against tech giants. According to Bloomberg:
“I won’t comment on the breaking up, of whether it’s that or Amazon or Facebook,” Trump said in an Oval Office interview Thursday with Bloomberg News. “As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation, the three of them. But I just, I won’t comment on that.”
Trump reiterated for the third day his accusation that “conservatives have been treated very unfairly” by Alphabet Inc.’s Google. “I tell you there are some moments where we say, ‘Wow that really is bad, what they’re doing.’”
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times. “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”
Since the post went up, more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political Diversity, according to two people who viewed the group’s page and who were not authorized to speak publicly. The aim of the initiative, according to Mr. Amerige’s memo, is to create a space for ideological diversity within the company.