IAP Statement on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Pro-Big Tech Report

February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — After the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a pro-Big Tech report fighting against the antitrust legislation making its way through the U.S. Congress, Internet Accountability Project Founder and President Mike Davis issued the following statement:

“The Chamber of Commerce once again proves it’s lost touch with its roots. Antitrust law enforcement is key to ensuring competition in the marketplace and healthy economic growth. Monopolists and anticompetitive practices are antithetical to a free market and reduce innovation while crushing small businesses and endangering national security. The Chamber openly accepts millions from Big Tech monopolists and it’s clear this report is bought and paid for by the likes of Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. These multi-trillion dollar globalist corporations are not loyal to American interests or values, which is why they regularly cozy up to communist China while censoring free speech here in America. This report is another nail in the coffin of the Chamber’s credibility. It’s unfortunate that a once great organization has diminished and debased itself for Big Tech bucks. Conservatives see right through these tactics and the grassroots momentum on the right is for antitrust modernization and enforcement. The recent report from the Heritage Foundation—which refuses Big Tech funding—represents the conservative intellectual thought of today and tomorrow on the dangers of Big Tech. The Big Tech shills at the Chamber of Commerce would be wise to read up,” said Davis.

The Heritage Foundation recently issued a comprehensive report that outlined a road map to fight back against Big Tech. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has made speeches in China to woo the nation’s people to his platform. Google built a censored search engine that collected data of any Chinese citizens who searched anti-Chinese regime materials and shared them with the authorities, all while canceling a drone contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. For two decades, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ever-present in China to construct infrastructure for the company. Amazon is accused of using Chinese child labor to produce its Alexa products, among other things.

IAP is a nonprofit conservative advocacy group that holds Big Tech accountable for engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses and anticompetitive conduct. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges. More information on Davis and IAP can be found here.

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