Todd Rokita, the Attorney General of Indiana, announced on Wednesday that he is presently investigating various actions to take against Bit Tech companies, including Twitter, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. The investigative problem aims to determine whether or not the corporations are harming consumers across Indiana through various business practices that are “unfair,” “abusive,” or “deceptive.”
In addition, this probe will also scrutinize whether or not these companies have restricted consumers from accessing particular content, especially with regard to conservative viewpoints. In addition, Rokita argued that the “manipulation” tactics used by Big Tech can prevent consumers from being able to make “informed choices.”
Moreover, Rokita has continued to critique Biden’s choice for Associate Attorney General, Vanita Gupta, given that she allegedly supports the censorship of conservative views. Arguing that consumers should have free access to information, as well as the ability to express independent political viewpoints, Rokita reiterated that censorship has no place in a free society.
A free society, per Rokita, is one in which “few assets are more important to consumers than access to information and the opportunity to express political viewpoints in meaningful forms.” For this reason, it is both “unfair” and “harmful” for Big Tech to engage in content manipulation, including doing so “in ways they do not publicly discuss,” not to mention in ways that consumers would not be able to understand.
Rokita is not alone in his calls for probing Big Tech, given that a growing number of Republicans is also voicing concerns regarding Gupta, one of the more controversial Biden picks. This controversy has grown since Gupta urged Zuckerberg to include even “more rigorous rules and enforcement” with regards to speech restrictions on the platform.