Republicans have a new rising star in Kara Frederick.
The Heritage Foundation research fellow testified yesterday before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on proposals to rein in Big Tech.
Following a tweet from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, her testimony went viral.
“I Too Worked for Facebook”
As The Heritage Foundation reports:
“I too worked for Facebook. I joined the company after three tours in Afghanistan, because I believed in Facebook’s mission, the democratization of information, but I was wrong,” said Frederick. “Big Tech companies tell us not to believe our lying eyes, that viewpoint censorship is all in our heads.”
Frederick continued: “Tell that to the Gold Star mom who criticized Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal and was deleted by Facebook after the death of her son, a U.S. Marine. Tell that to Allie Beth Stuckey, who had the temerity to say that biological men should not compete in men’s sports before being suspended by Twitter. Tell that to Clarence Thomas, whose documentary on Amazon was deleted without explanation.”
Sharp Divides Between Old Colleagues
The Democrats’ star witness had a very different opinion than Frederick.
Frances Haugen had testified before the U.S. Senate in October. Haugen first made headlines after leaking a trove of documents from Facebook and Instagram.
While Haugen spoke about hate speech and misinformation, she seemed much less concerned about Facebook and Twitter’s extraordinary decision that kept users from sharing the New York Post’s October 2020 report on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Along with Frederick’s comments came a critique of the left’s proposals to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides a level of immunity to social media sites:
“Holding Big Tech accountable should result in less censorship, not more. The First Amendment should also be the standard from which all Section 230 reforms flow.
“Section 230 reform is not a silver bullet. We have to look outside DC for answers. States, civil society, and tech founders all have a role to play. Despite what the new Twitter CEO may think, American lawmakers have a duty to protect and defend the rights given to us by God and enshrined in our Constitution by the Founders – rights that specific tech companies, in conjunction with the government, are actively and deliberately eroding.”
Succinctly echoing Republican lawmakers’ concerns, Frederick added, “We cannot let tech totalitarians shape a digital world where one set of thinkers are second-class citizens.”