Executives from the nation’s biggest tech firms once again faced questions from legislators on Capitol Hill this week — and according to Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, some of the answers they gave should leave most Americans worried.
As Breitbart noted, Carlson specifically pointed to an exchange between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) about a secret program known as Centra.
“Hawley knew about Centra because a whistleblower told him,” the Fox News host told his audience on Tuesday, according to a transcript from Breitbart. “They told him how it works.”
“They told him how it works”
Carlson explained that employees at Facebook used the program “to spy on users even when those users are not on Facebook,” giving the social media giant “access to troves of personal data, including the pages users visit and the accounts they have linked to Facebook.”
He went on to air a clip revealing Hawley’s line of questioning and Zuckerberg’s response.
“Mr. Zuckerberg, how many accounts in the United States have been subject to review and shut down through Centra?” the lawmaker asked.
Zuckerberg replied: “I do not know because I am not actually familiar with the name of that tool.”
“Centra is indeed real”
Nevertheless, Carlson noted that just hours before his broadcast, “a Facebook spokesperson admitted to Fox News that Centra is indeed real.”
Another clip from the exchange revealed Hawley’s questions about a program called Task, which reportedly gives Facebook staffers a way to discuss security matters with employees at other social media sites. As a result, Carlson contended that the potential exists for such firms to “effectively coordinate their censorship efforts.”
For his part, Zuckerberg “did not deny” the existence of such an initiative, the host explained, according to Breitbart. Instead, he told Hawley that it is “pretty normal for people to talk to their peers in the industry.”
On the other hand, Carlson was not pleased with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) for asking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey why his company does not “have a standalone climate change misinformation policy.”
According to the Fox News Channel personality, this type of initiative would have dark implications for America. “Censorship doesn’t simply kill expression, though it does,” Carlson said, according to Breitbart. “Censorship kills thinking and innovation and wisdom. Censorship inexorably leads to self-censorship.”