Officials worried about the power possessed by social media companies

Officials worried about the power possessed by social media companies

BUFFALO (AP/WBEN) – Just a few weeks ago, the Chief of the United Nations called for more regulation of social media companies . Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he believes it shouldn’t be a company that has the power to decide whether, for example, then president Donald Trump’s Twitter account should be closed, as a questioner asked. Rather, he said, a “mechanism” should be created “in which there is a regulatory framework with rules that allow for that to be done in line with law.” "There’s no business I know of in America that can’t be sued for their actions and not be subject to regulations by the government at any level except for big tech," said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham in an interview with Fox news. Graham, like many conservatives, has been calling out social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter for "censoring content," and there are some Republicans who feel the censorship is targeted toward their messages. Back in January, Twitter ended Trump’s nearly 12-year run and shuttered his account, severing an instant line of communication to his 89 million followers that was a hallmark of his presidency. Facebook and Instagram also suspended Trump. Tom King, president of the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association, wrote the following to members: "Fellow Gun Owners, The NYSRPA is happy to announce a new email alert list that will bring you the latest information regarding your Second Amendment rights as well as any other pertinent information of interest to our […]

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