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Collins to Nadler, Cicilline: No Committee member should be excluded from Big Tech hearing

Jul 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Chairman David Cicilline demanding they elevate today’s Big Tech hearing with CEOs of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple to the full Committee level to allow all House Judiciary Committee members to participate.

"Recently, we have seen companies like Twitter and Google abuse their market power to effectively censor the voices of those they disagree with – namely conservatives,” he wrote. “It is vital that we restore the credibility of the Committee’s investigation into Big Tech’s anti-competitive and anti-free speech actions, and the only way to do that is to allow all Committee Members a seat at the table and an opportunity to question the CEOs responsible for these decisions."

As Collins points out, he – as the former Ranking Member of the Committee – was one of four Committee members who first launched the Committee’s investigation into Big Tech back in June of 2019.

"At the very least, those Members – like myself – who have been a part of this investigation from the start should be afforded the opportunity to continue participating on behalf of their constituents,” Collins continued. “Therefore, as one of four Committee members that launched the Committee’s investigation into Big Tech’s dominance and its role in market competition, I am formally requesting that the Subcommittee allow me to question the witnesses at today’s hearing."

Back in May, Collins introduced a resolution condemning Twitter’s biased and unwarranted censorship of President Donald J. Trump in response to Twitter’s recent fact checking of President Trump’s tweets and the improper application of their new Civic Integrity Policy. The resolution states that Twitter is in violation of the President’s First Amendment Rights and further condemns these actions.

In April 2019, Congressman Collins introduced the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which helps give community newspaper publications the tools needed to stand up to Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook, who are stealing their revenue.

Read the full letter here or below.

 

July 29, 2020

The Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Chairman
House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515

 

The Honorable David Cicilline
Chairman
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Nadler and Representative Cicilline,

Today, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law (the “Subcommittee”) is scheduled to hold the sixth hearing installment of the House Judiciary Committee’s (the “Committee”) once-bipartisan investigation into Big Tech. Unfortunately, neither of you have responded to the multiple calls by the Minority to elevate this important hearing to the full Committee level.

Recently, we have seen companies like Twitter and Google abuse their market power to effectively censor the voices of those they disagree with – namely conservatives. It is vital that we restore the credibility of the Committee’s investigation into Big Tech’s anti-competitive and anti-free speech actions, and the only way to do that is to allow all Committee Members a seat at the table and an opportunity to question the CEOs responsible for these decisions. At the very least, those Members – like myself – who have been a part of this investigation from the start should be afforded the opportunity to continue participating on behalf of their constituents. Therefore, as one of four Committee members that launched the Committee’s investigation into Big Tech’s dominance and its role in market competition, I am formally requesting that the Subcommittee allow me to question the witnesses at today’s hearing.

I look forward to participating in today’s hearing.

Sincerely,

 

Doug Collins
Member of Congress