Google, Facebook and Twitter Dropped Millions On Lobbyists Last Quarter

Article intro by Ralph Ely | TLB Editor-at-large

What is happening in the World and what The People are thinking and doing is exposed and reported minute by minute 24/7 largely on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

The one item these Digital Social Conduits fear is Regulation. Regulation is a two edged sword… it can keep opposing opinions (via censoring) out of the narrative or it can require you to include them to provide balance and Truth.  Oh, oh. That ugly word Truth.

Google, and in particular Facebook, want what appears on their platforms to be only what they consider “truth” or what they want you to believe is the Truth, whether it is content of a post or an Ad. That is called Propaganda.

We know from retired deep state whistleblowers and even a Facebook executive that Social Media has infiltrated our privacy to control the narrative.

So the delima is this… On one hand the Digital Kings have sold their soul to the Deep State Devil in one branch of the government and now the Legislative Devil branch wants to control them. One thing for sure, the Lobbyists are “banking coin” on this one.

While we support free and open reporting and discussion, we do not support the Censoring going on by Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and some of the other Social outlets involved in news and information. If it takes Government Regulation to keep “the doors open” so uncensored information can flow… so be it.

These Social Oligarchs have made their bed and now they do not want to sleep in it. (RE)

Google, Facebook and Twitter Dropped Millions On Lobbyists Last Quarter

via iBankCoin

In the quarter leading up to a Nov 1 congressional testimony on Russian election interference, tech giants Google ($GOOG), Facebook ($FB), and Twitter ($TWTR) have been dropping millions on lobbyists while under increased regulatory scrutiny from Washington, according to government documents.

CNBC reports:

The disclosures, required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act, revealed Google spent $4.17 million lobbying Congress this most recent quarter. Facebook spent $2.85 million, while Twitter spent $120,000. The figures were first reported by Bloomberg News.

Last quarter Google spent $5.93 million lobbying lawmakers, while Facebook and Twitter spent $2.38 million and $120,000 respectively.

The Silicon Valley behemoths are sending lawyers to U.S. congressional committees Nov 1 to testify on Russian political ads bought during the 2016 election.

On October 19, three senators — Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., and John McCain, R-Ariz. — co-sponsored the bi-partisan “Honest Ads Act,” which would require heavy disclaimers and disclosures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for online political ads. Platforms with 50 million or more unique monthly users would have to keep a public database of political ads, and the companies would have to make “reasonable” efforts to prevent foreign nations from interfering with U.S. elections through ads, according to CNBC.

Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and Apple also spent close to $10 million lobbying Congress last quarter.



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