Nearly 93% of all donations made by employees of Facebook and Twitter as well as the companies’ political action committees in 2020 went to Democrats on oversight committees in the House of Representatives, a conservative watchdog group said.
The Internet Accountability Project, whose stated aim is to ''rein in Big Tech before it’s too late,'' found that according to data from the non-partisan research group opensecrets.org, Democrats were the beneficiaries of ''more than 12 times more money … than Republicans.''
That equated to $5.5 million last year to Democrats and $435,000 to Republicans, according to the IAP.
The IAP suggested that the money is why Democrat-led committees in the House are investigating Facebook and Twitter rival Parler over its supposed role in the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol instead of Facebook and Twitter for what it suggested was a conspiracy with Amazon to deplatform Parler.
Amazon web services, which hosted Parler, terminated its contract with the conservative social media site claiming breach of contract terms.
''Parler’s rising popularity made Parler a viable threat to Facebook and Twitter’s dominance over social media,'' the IAP said in a release. ''So together, they colluded with Amazon to destroy Parler and used the horrific attacks on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 as a shameful excuse. Why are Congressional Democrats on the House Oversight Committee investigating Parler? Just follow the money.''
The group cited what it considered one of the most notorious examples, self-proclaimed democratic-socialist Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez receiving $36,346 from both companies’ employees and affiliated PACs compared to less than $1,950 for all Republicans combined on the House oversight committee.
An after-hours email Friday to Ocasio-Cortez’s press office requesting confirmation or comment was not immediately returned.
Republicans and some Democrats have called for the ending of defamation lawsuit protections for web companies such as Facebook and Twitter, which were granted a shield in the 1996 Communications Decency Act which treated them as a community billboard and not a publisher, not responsible for the content which users post to their platforms.
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