EU lawmakers want Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google CEOs at Feb. 1 Big Tech hearing

EU lawmakers have invited the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet (Google) to a Big Tech hearing in Brussels on February 1st as they look to further regulate U.S. Big Tech.

EUFoo Yun Chee for Reuters:

The European Parliament will in the coming months provide input into proposals by the European Commission to force the companies to play fairly with rivals and to do more to tackle online fake news and harmful content or face hefty fines.

“The purpose of the planned hearing is to have an exchange with the chief executive officers of the four globally leading platform companies to learn about their current business models and future concepts as they face the challenges of altering market conditions,” said an invitation sent to the companies seen by Reuters.

“The event will contribute to preparing the members of the European Parliament for the upcoming discussions on potential new regulation for the digital sector. For all these reasons, we wish to clarify that this invitation is for the CEOs only.”

MacDailyNews Take: Reuters also reports that “people familiar with the companies doubted they would take up the invitation” to attend this EU Big Tech hearing which we assume is virtual due to COVID-19.

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  1. Glad the EU is paying attention, whatever the reason, but sadly, this will never likely come up here in the U.S. again. Vote with your wallet and eyeballs, folks. It’s the only thing that will make a difference.

      1. Come on, man, I don’t even know where I am, much less have an interest in this shit.

        Tim Chef, Jeff Bozo, and, uh, those other guys keep greasing my palm, I’m dementedly happy to look the other way, hopefully at some nice jello or pudding. My dentures hurt. And I just made a mess in my diaper.

        My head hurts again.

            1. Yes, Biden threw his union supporters under the bus as a preemptive pander to the Left Loon extremists specifically AOC and Bernie’s gang.

              He is going to create more good paying jobs (promise), while killing 10,000 with the stroke of a pen (fact). What energy independence?

              The hypocrisy of the Democrats and the full court press coming from extreme leftists AOC after Biden’s honeymoon period is going to be interesting for the illegitimate president. Buckle up.

              Biden has so many asterisks on his presidency already reminds me of a quote on several levels from 2001: A Space Odyssey, “my God, it’s full of Stars”.

              Thank you President Trump a Washington establishment outsider and not a politician in an unprecedented historical victory and the greatest economic turnaround president in the history of the United States. Salute!… 🇺🇸👏🏻🇺🇸👏🏻🇺🇸👏🏻

    1. You WON’T find in the NYT, CNN or ABC World News

      World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump

      Political elites worldwide have criticized big tech companies for banning President Donald Trump from their social media platforms.”

      Select paragraphs from world leaders follows.

      “German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Twitter’s ban on Trump “problematic,” and said that freedom of opinion is an essential right of “elementary significance,” her spokesperson, Steffen Siebert, said on Jan 11.

      This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators—not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” Siebert said.”

      This from the leader of a socialist EU nation and not exactly best friend of President Trump, but who is fair minded.

      “Clement Beaune, the junior minister for European Union affairs, said he was “shocked” a private company made this kind of decision.

      This should be decided by citizens, not by a CEO,” he told Bloomberg TV on Monday. “There needs to be public regulation of big online platforms.”

      Yes indeed, should be decided by citizens according to the first amendment and not by SJW CEO’s like Tim Cook turning left on Cancel Culture Road.

      “French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also condemned the move and said that tech giants were part of a digital oligarchy that was a threat to democracy.”

      Manfred Weber: “We cannot leave it to American Big Tech to decide how we can or cannot discuss online. Today’s mechanisms destroy the compromise searching and consensus-building that are crucial in free and democratic societies. We need a stricter regulatory approach,” he wrote on Twitter on Jan. 11.”

      “Norway’s left-wing Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre said that Big Tech censorship threatens political freedom around the world.”

      Other quotes from world leaders in Australia and its Liberal Party, Mexican leader and Russia and much more detail, here:

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/world-leaders-denounce-big-tech-censorship-of-us-president-donald-trump_3652983.html

      Think about it. Several liberal leaders of socialist nations are defending free speech not controlled by mega corporations. Back in the USA just the opposite the biased Big Tech hot trend lately is CENSORSHIP. Where is the fourth estate defenders of freedom and the Constitution? Answer nowhere.

      Meanwhile, back in the USA what are the Democrat liberal leaders saying and doing, same as Big Media, NOTHING!!! I repeat, the Liberal Media is biased water carriers for the Democrats to continue to take down Trump. Just watch their breathless reporting and pious pronouncements with the second ridiculous impeachment this week. Pelosi should be impeached and removed from office for her HATRED and PERSECUTION of President Trump. Damnit!!! 💪🏼

      If Big Media and social media held Democrat politicians to the same scrutiny as Republicans they would fold like a tent in a hurricane. Knowing the jig is up and can no longer defend lies when held accountable, we have seen their reactions.

      Bottom Line: You didn’t read about it in the MAINSTREAM (Pravda) Big Media papers or on CNN. This sanctimonious concocted liberal scheme by Big Tech in Silicon Valley to censor conservative free speech is just wrong as many world leaders have said above. The Democrat Party in the USA is SILENT and CORRUPT, same as TxRacist and the rest of his ilk.

      I REPEAT:

      Thank you President Trump a Washington establishment outsider and not a politician in an unprecedented historical victory and the greatest economic turnaround president in the history of the United States. Salute!… 👏🏻🇺🇸👏🏻🇺🇸👏🏻🇺🇸

      1. So the socalist GeoB comes out again for a Big Government takeover of the communications media. As he quotes with approval, “There needs to be public regulation” because it should be the Government, and not the media, who decide whose voices should be heard and what they are allowed to say.

        GeoB tells us that editorial decisions should be made by “the citizens” (the People, das Volk, acting through their People’s Republic) and not by the press itself, whose decisions might be tainted by leftism or some other forrm of Bad Thought that needs suppression by the Thought Police. We don’t need independent media because we can trust the Government to act as a gatekeeper for public information. Tim Cook cannot be trusted to protect conservatives, but Joe Biden can.

        As support for this socialist notion, GeoB quotes government officials from countries that routinely suppress expressions of free speech, press, religion, and assembly that their governments regard as extremist. Almost anything that Twitter would ban, they would ban. They can do that, because they do not have a broad guarantee against government management of public discourse like our First Amendment.

        Clearly, GeoB at some point decided, “It was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”

  2. One thing that Europe could do instead of hearings and fines is that they could actually set up competition themselves. Don’t ask Zuckerberg for a better facebook, build it yourselves.

    1. Also something that American conservatives and liberals who dislike Facebook could do. However, that isn’t as much fun as nationalizing private property to provide Government control of “free” expression.

      1. “Free expression” like Donald Trump banned from Twitter and Facebook page?!?!? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

        The only free expression left in the USA is reserved for liberal elites like yourself, conservatives banned and hounded by the cancel culture get a grip A-Hole!…🖕🏼

        1. I guess they changed “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech or of the press” to “Congress shall pass laws … prohibiting publishers from making editorial judgments.” Was that the same time they amended the Twelfth Amendment to allow Congress to overrule certified state election returns?

          Real conservatives support the text of the Constitution as it was written. Fake conservatives support whatever serves their own interests.

          1. You can’t deny or argue the substance of my reply, no surprise. More deflections, inane theories and the reflexive biased setup question.

            Only in your feverish misguided head was an overturning of an election taking place. In 2000, 2004 and 2016 Democrats in the Capitol exercising constitutional rights asked questions regarding election results. Notice you purposely left that out or maybe the liberal media did not tell you that, doesn’t fit their hidden agenda.

            And conversely, 2020 Republicans in the process of doing the same a couple hundred right wing extremists side by side with liberal anarchists and Antifa infiltrators stormed the capital and shut down Republican voices while the process was unfolding.

            You will never acknowledge what really happened that requires honesty and non partisan analysis. You and your liberal ilk are only interested in favorable outcomes. Then deflect to ridiculous theories of insurrection an overturning an election – 🐂💩!

            The sycophant liberal media mob carrying water for the Democrats every day the last five years told you what to think. Understandably, not going to fight it the outcome you agree with supports your dishonest team in the long run.

            Win by hook or crook. In your case “crook” is the modus operandi…

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