Senator Wicker Joins Republican Leaders in Targeting Biased Big Tech Algorithms | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs

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On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., joined U.S. Sen. John Thune, R.D., and 26 other Republican senators in introducing the Politically Biased Email in Algorithm Sorting (BIAS) Act on Wednesday. ).

The legislation would hold Big Tech platforms responsible for using biased algorithms that covertly alter the way users can view political campaign emails and take control of consumers. There should also be more transparency by revealing the censorship practices used by Big Tech platforms, including Google, to filter certain emails.

The legislation follows the release of a non-partisan report study in the 2020 election, Google’s algorithm flagged nearly 70% of Republican campaign emails as spam, compared to just 8% of Democratic campaign emails.

Senator Wicker said he was happy to join his colleagues on a measure that would protect freedom of thought and promote transparency about the technology platforms that Americans depend on.

“It is increasingly clear that Big Tech companies are prepared to suppress conservative views and tip the scales in favor of liberal political campaigns. This is a direct rebuke to what Americans expect from email providers and violates the basic tenets of our political culture,” Wicker said.

Senator Thune, the Republican Whip and a ranking member of the Communications, Media and Broadband Subcommittee, led the group of senators to introduce the bill.

“I’ve long believed that Congress should hold Big Tech accountable to the users who rely on its platforms — for everything from email to social media — and empower those consumers to make their own decisions online, hands-free. heavy of Big Tech”, said Senator Thune. “I am proud to lead this effort that would ban major online platforms from censoring emails through filtered algorithms – a process that ultimately discriminates against political campaigns. Consumers should be able to choose what they want to see, not Google. It is high time Big Tech was held accountable for its blatant bias, and this bill would be an important step in that direction.

The legislation is also sponsored by Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Rick Scott, R-Fla., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., John Boozman, R-Ark., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Kevin Cramer, RN.D., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Deb Fischer, R-Neb ., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., James Lankford, R-Okla., Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Shelley Moore Capito, RW. Va., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Tim Scott, RS.C., Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

You can read a full copy of the Politically Biased Email Act below.

Political Bias in Algorithmic Sorting (BIAS) of Emails Act by yallpolitics on Scribd

Sharon D. Cole