A woman who was formerly employed by the social media giant Facebook testified on Capitol Hill this week. While some are citing her testimony as grounds for action, Fox News host Laura Ingraham is warning them to cautious.
Fox News quoted so-called whistleblower Frances Haugen as telling members of the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday that her old employer poses a threat to young people and the country at large.
Ex-Facebook staffer says the federal government needs to begin regulating social media content
“The choices being made inside of Facebook are disastrous for our children, for our public safety, for our privacy, and for our democracy,” she she declared.
Haugen went on to recall has she “saw Facebook repeatedly encounter conflicts between its own profits and our safety” during her time with the company.
The tech worker said that this demonstrates the need for more government regulation of online content, something many Democrats have long advocated for.
Gautam Hans is a technology law and free-speech expert at Vanderbilt University, and he told Reuters, “Whenever you have Republicans and Democrats on the same page, you’re probably more likely to see something.”
Ingraham warns that the agenda is about silencing political descent, not protecting children
Yet on Tuesday’s episode of her television program, Ingraham warned Republicans that backing government imposed censorship would mean “walking straight into a trap.”
“It has nothing to do with children,” she said. “The left doesn’t like Facebook because Facebook has refused to suppress all conservative speech.”
“That’s it. The left has decided to drive conservatives off of the Internet, and they’re afraid Facebook won’t be sufficiently loyal to their plans.”
“They actually got away with banning the former president of the United States — and that’s not enough power for them,” Ingraham continued.
“If they could, some of these hardline Democrats would ban all dissenting opinions on social media. Just like China, they’d call it a threat to the social order, a threat to security, and to harmony,” she said.
Ingraham concluded by saying that if Democrats get their way then the “freedom that generations of Americans have fought to preserve – would be gone.”