Dallas Morning News: Big Tech Has a Conservative Problem That Must be Addressed

The editorial board noted the firing of Palmer Luckey, a conservative on staff who founded the FB-acquired Oculus.

The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board has a message to Silicon Valley: you have a conservative problem that must be answered for!

In an article published on November 14th, 2018, the board notes the firing of 26-year-old Silicon Valley whiz kid, Palmer Luckey, who founded the virtual reality company Oculus which was acquired by Facebook. They explain:

 

Luckey is one of those — a 26-year-old homeschooled tech prodigy who built a virtual reality company that Facebook vacuumed up for $2 billion.

 

But the reason we might all remember Luckey has less to do with the VR tech he created than the politics he practices.

 

Luckey is a conservative, and conservatism is one part of a bigger problem American tech giants have with speech — both how they disseminate it and how they control it.

 

But conservatism might just be the part of tech’s problem that brings much-needed reform to the internet.

 

Luckey’s story goes like this: After selling his company, Oculus, he became a Facebook employee who did what many Americans do — he donated to a political cause he supported. The cause was a pro-Trump, anti-Clinton organization called Nimble America.

 

He was fired in 2017.

 

The op-ed notes that conservatives and center-right folks “have good reason to be suspicious about how all internet giants, but particularly Facebook and Twitter, control and monitor what is said on their platforms.”

 

They added that conservatives shouldn’t be the only ones concerned with these tech tactics. Concerns should extend to other constituencies:

 

Conservatives aren’t alone in being concerned, and they shouldn’t be. The way technology companies control speech is an appropriate area for congressional inquiry, and Cruz was right not to let it go at the hearings held in April where Zuckerberg swore, against transparent evidence to the contrary, that Facebook is not a publisher.

 

The editors finished the article by encouraging Congress to look into this. As long as they aren’t meddling in business affairs, Congress can examine the issues in big tech. Conservatives and libertarians should look into Lincoln Network’s recommendations for bringing more balance to big tech without regulatory means.

 

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a young conservative blogger and columnist based in Northern Virginia.

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