Arizona Republican Party

09/06/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/06/2023 16:11

Arizona House Committee Discusses Big Tech Influence On Free Speech

The Arizona House Ad Hoc Committee on Oversight, Accountability and Big Tech convened on Tuesday to discuss the influence of Big Tech on free speech.

Chairing the committee was State Rep. Alex Kolodin (R-LD03); the two other members were State Reps. Neal Carter (R-LD15) and Cesar Aguilar (D-LD26). The committee heard testimony from Robert Epstein, a renowned psychologist and Big Tech data researcher, and James Kerwin, senior counsel for Mountain States Legal Foundation. More individuals were reportedly scheduled to testify, but Kolodin disclosed that they were unable to do so for fear of retribution by Google.

Kolodin opened the committee meeting with allegations of the "disturbing parallels" between modern society and the fictional world depicted in the book "1984" by George Orwell. Kolodin referenced the Orwellian concepts of "thoughtcrime" and "newspeak," claiming further that they exist currently.

"That crime was thoughtcrime, and the crime was not merely that you said something wrong, the crime was that you thought wrong, that you weren't purely of a mind that matched the party's ideology," said Kolodin. "There is a fear that is exactly what's going on in our country today. There's an attempt to redefine free speech as misinformation."

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