Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said in a recent interview that Facebook’s power is “truly unprecedented,” and suggested antitrust laws could be used to regulate huge tech companies.
“The scope of the power is truly unprecedented. You think back to the heights of yellow journalism, when publisher William Randolph Hearst controlled much of media and in fact got America into the Spanish-American War,” Ted Cruz said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.
“These tech companies have power William Randolph Hearst could never have imagined. The ability, if there’s a view they dislike, simply to silence it so that if you put a post out there, if you put a tweet out there, it simply goes into the void, into oblivion, and no one sees it.”
“Likewise, they have the ability, if there are views they want to promote, to just have everything on your feed be the views they want to promote. That is invidious. It is invisible, and it is profoundly dangerous,” he added.
Ted Cruz made headlines earlier this month for his aggressive questioning of Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg.
He grilled the Facebook CEO, saying, “To a great many Americans, that appears to be a pervasive pattern of political bias.” (RELATED: Ted Cruz Grills Zuckerberg Over FB’s Censorship Of Conservatives)