With lawmakers ramping up the debate over privacy, antitrust and legal protections that tech platforms rely on, tech companies are unleashing some of the Washington power they’ve spent the past few years building up. https://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (1/8)
Silicon Valley giants have increased their spending on lobbying in recent years, going from a low-key player into the biggest spender in DC. http://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (2/8)
Alphabet, Google's parent company, spent more on federal lobbying than any other company in 2018 at more than $21.7M.
Facebook spent almost $13M. http://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (3/8)
This comes as the tech giants face calls to be broken up from politicians — including Sen. Warren, a Democratic presidential contender — and amid a broader bipartisan push for more stringent regulations and intense scrutiny in Capitol Hill hearings. http://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (4/8)
Sen. Hawley introduced legislation last month that would make big tech platforms liable for content posted by users unless they can earn immunity through FTC audits that prove they’re "politically neutral” when it comes to their algorithms and content-removal practices. (5/8)
The legislation would alter protections enjoyed by tech platforms under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.
A near-endless parade of groups have voiced disapproval of the bill. http://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (6/8)
"Corporate funded groups are always engaged in issues like this; have done so for many years,” Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Digital Democracy, told @NBCNews. "But clearly the stakes are higher now." http://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (7/8)
"[Last month's] reaction shows there are 5-alarm bells ringing in DC from Google and Facebook that have galvanized the groups they support," Chester said. http://nbcnews.to/2J7yOx9 (8/8) #NBCNewsThreads
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