Some critics of the Big Tech industry are concerned about increasingly smart devices continually monitoring their owners.
An incident this week involving U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his iPhone could spark increased speculation about such high-tech spying.
“The single greatest threat to free speech”
While arguing against the perceived partisan bias exhibited by tech giants, his phone’s digital assistant interrupted the interview. The senator took part in a Fox News interview on the sidelines of the recent AmericaFest conference hosted by Turning Point USA. Cruz labeled Big Tech “the single greatest threat to free speech” and “free and fair elections in America.”
He described the ideology of these companies as “hard left” and argued that “they’re trying to drive the Democratic Party left.”
Just as the Texas Republican reaffirmed his belief “in free speech,” the muffled sound of Apple’s Siri could be heard in his pocket.
“Something went wrong,” the digital voice declared. “Please try again.”
Cruz did not miss the opportunity to make a joke about the ironic timing.
“Actually perfectly happy that Siri got mad”
“Well, Big Tech is getting mad,” he said, going on to assert that he was “actually perfectly happy that Siri got mad.”
Aside from the levity of that smartphone interjection, Cruz maintained a serious tone throughout the interview, stressing the importance of free speech for all and accusing Democrats of downplaying the threat posed by Big Tech. The senator also took aim at President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Federal Communications Commission, blasting Gigi Sohn for accusing Fox News of spreading misinformation.
“When they say ‘misinformation,’ they mean ‘we don’t agree with it, silence it,'” Cruz said, going on to insist that Democrats use the term “extremism” to describe “every Republican in America.”
He did offer kind words for one Democrat, however, praising moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for choosing to block the passage of Biden’s massive Build Back Better bill in the evenly divided chamber. Cruz noted that it is getting tough for Manchin to remain in the Democratic Party and affirmed that the GOP would welcome him with open arms.