Gabbard: Social Media Bias Is Not A Left/Right Issue, It's A Free Speech Issue

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) talks about her performance at a CNN debate on Wednesday, social media bias, and her belief that the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia under President Trump is providing indirect support to al Qaeda.

"Both his support and alliance with Saudi Arabia that is both providing direct and indirect support directly to al Qaeda, what to speak of the fact that Saudi Arabia continues to be the propagator of this Wahhabi Salafist ideology that provides the fertile recruiting grounds for terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS," Gabbard said Wednesday night on FOX News.





Gabbard denounced big tech monopolies and "the things that they choose to do" that could "influence our fair elections."

"Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or on the left or on the right, for a big tech monopoly to have this power, this affects all of us," Gabbard said of social media. " I think one of the problems is that we are seeing is that people seem to feel like this is a left/right issue rather than seeing it for what it is, which is a free-speech issue, and how dangerous it is that you have these big tech monopolies like Google and Facebook that literally have the power through their algorithms and the things that they choose to do, or the people they choose to shut out, to influence our fair elections."

SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: OK. And as is always unpredictable on live television and nights like this in the Spin Room following the debate, we now have Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard with us.

Welcome. Great to have you with FOX NEWS @NIGHT again.

REP. TULSI GABBARD, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you. It’s good to see you.

BREAM: OK. So, I’ve got to tell you, that the Google search tonight showing that you are once again one of the most searched, if not one of the biggest names searched tonight. I know that you had some problems that you are contesting Google did not treat you fairly after the last debate.

GABBARD: Yes.


BREAM: Tell us about that.

GABBARD: Look, in the first debate, I was on the first night and I was the most searched candidate of that event. Unfortunately, Google chose to arbitrarily block our Google ads account for several hours at the time that was most critical for our campaign.

I’m suing Google for taking that action. They’ve provided no valid explanation for why that was done. There was no wrongdoing or problem on our part. Not because of me, but because of this monopoly, this power that these big tech monopolies have to simply shut out people arbitrarily.

This is a threat to our freedom of speech and it's an important thing for us all to stand united in calling out and to protect, because whether you are a Democrat or Republican or on the left or on the right, for a big tech monopoly to have this power, this affects all of us.

BREAM: Well, and this is a complaint we’ve heard from a lot of conservative outlets and groups who say that there are other social media outlets, including Google, who don’t treat them fairly. And it sounds like you’re making the same assertion from the other side of the aisle.

GABBARD: I am, I am. And I think one of the problems is that we are seeing is that people seem to feel like this is a left/right issue rather than seeing it for what it is, which is a free-speech issue, and how dangerous it is that you have these big tech monopolies like Google and Facebook that literally have the power through their algorithms and the things that they choose to do, or the people they choose to shut out, to influence our fair elections.

This is what's at the heart of the action that I’m taking, and I’m taking it on behalf of the American people.

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