Google is just getting over its political debacle of silencing an employee who spoke out about the company’s obvious left-wing bias. Apparently, it isn’t the only tech firm with this problem — Facebook is now facing the same scrutiny.
Brian Amerige, one of Facebook’s senior engineers, wrote a memo that exposed the anti-conservative bias of the company published by The New York Times.
In the memo, Brian states that anyone with political views that are not staunchly liberal are scared to say anything. The rare dissenter faces huge repercussions to his career at the company. Until this point, Facebook has been able to hide its internal problems about politics. However, those days are over.
Mr. Amerige described feeling isolated at Facebook because of his political views, despite being in a senior level position. He is not alone. A 2017 American Psychological Association study found that 25 percent of workers were stressed out because of politics at the job. An even larger consortium of 40 percent stated that politics caused a less efficient workspace. Another study saw this number rise to 60 percent.
Big tech companies are empowered to discriminate against their own employees for their political views. This does not bode well for conservatives who are trying to make it in the ultra-liberal haven of Silicon Valley. Even in states like California that supposedly protect against political backlash, the culture of many powerful companies like Facebook serves as a shield against municipal scrutiny.
This is all indicative of a larger problem throughout the nation. Conservatives are being discriminated against, and the government is doing nothing about it.
Attorneys and legal professionals from across the spectrum agree with this assessment. Employment attorney Donna Ballman took to a blog to express these sentiments, as have many lawyers over the past few years. The First Amendment, as Ballman stated in the blog, is a protection against government censorship. There is absolutely no protection against what a private company does to its employees over political speech.
What happens when private companies become more powerful than the government but do not face the same scrutiny as government? Both Facebook and Apple now have more money in their bank accounts than the US Treasury. Microsoft famously beat the government at its own game when it overturned many labor laws to become the dominant force in PC software. Facebook didn’t even show up for its hearings with the IRS recently, and they did not even give a reason why not. They didn’t have to. Facebook is just that powerful.
Republican lawmakers have an opportunity to contemplate a digital bill of rights — something a growing number of conservative thinkers including YouTubers Paul Joseph Watson, Stefan Molyneux, and others have been calling for. The First Amendment is being threatened, and powerful leftists are the culprit.
While it’s true strict adherence to free market principles has always been a bedrock of conservatism, this very principle is in danger of being erased from the public conversation by elites that have become so powerful, that they effectively act as a separate branch of government all on their own. If we’re serious about empowering the individual and keeping the state at bay, a digital bill of rights must be considered.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter