By: Kyle James | 04-10-2018 | News
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Cory Gardner: Facebook Hearings May Increase Internet Regulation (Video)

With the ongoing Senate hearings of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado worries about more regulations being created by the government. Gardner's fears are now without merit, the possibility of politicians who seek to use the Facebook situation to get a tighter grip on the internet.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) warns that the hearings on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could lead to &quot;a government filter [that] determines who can say what.&quot; <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) <a href="">April 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In an interview on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday, Gardner said "I think it treads on some very tenuous ground. There may be some people who wish to look at the opportunity to have regulation of the internet. Regulation over speech. Regulation over content. I’m very concerned about that and I think that’s the alarming part about the direction that questions could take this afternoon."

"Maybe they’ll want to get into campaign finance issues, maybe they’ll want to go into free speech issues. Are they going to try to create some kind of a government filter where it determines who can say what on what kind of a platform? Let’s make sure that users’ privacy are protected. Let’s make sure Facebook is doing what they promised they would do. Let’s make sure there is room for competition against Facebook," Gardner said.

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"I don’t think what we want, as an outcome of this hearing, is regulation of the internet. Which has been a very incredible free and open voice of democracy around the globe," he concluded. Gardner makes an important point about the freedom of the internet and he isn't alone in his views.

Sen. Lindsey Graham pushed Zuckerberg on whether Facebook is a monopoly during a hearing with the CEO. Graham asks Zuckerberg directly if Facebook is a monopoly and he responds "It certainly doesn't feel like that to me." A few people laugh at his response since its obviously a monopoly and even Zuckerberg didn't outright deny it.

Graham also pressed him about recent European regulations and if those rules are right. Again, Zuckerberg said what they wanted to hear, "I think they get things right." Again, the response drew some laughs but the irony of the moment isn't actually funny. Zuckerberg has grown more powerful than the government, each of the officials who questioned him probably has personal information at risk of their own on the platform.

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