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Trump and Gaetz's rejected complaints show conservative attempts to punish Big Tech via the Federal Election Commission are doomed

Added 12-01-21 12:14:02pm EST - “Republican politicians say that social media companies have an "anti-conservative bias," but the Federal Election Commission doesn't care.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Trump and Gaetz's rejected complaints show conservative attempts to punish Big Tech via the Federal Election Commission are doomed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the last three years, conservatives have lodged a series complaints with the Federal Election Commission charging social media companies with anti-conservative bias over content moderation that have seemingly affected Republican politicians more than Democrats.

"We just kind of got a flurry of complaints, and we considered a bunch of them together," said Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub in a telephone interview with Insider. Alongside five other commissioners, she's been in charge of weighing the merits of each case and ultimately taking a vote.

As the agency tasked with overseeing the nation's campaign finance laws, the FEC has been asked by a myriad of conservatives to decide whether these content moderation decisions can be classified as corporate in-kind contributions, which are illegal under federal election laws.

In the Trump era especially, these companies became a primary venue for political rhetoric and debate, with growing concerns that they could be a mouthpiece for then-President Donald Trump and others who promoted conspiracy theories and raised the risk of violence.

But whether it's temporarily shadow-banning Rep. Matt Gaetz, affixing a fact-check label to Trump's tweets, removing Trump's content from a curated Snapchat news feed, or refusing to verify a candidate with a history of extreme statements, the commission has continually sided with social media companies.

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