Lawmakers have weaponized tech firms and their content moderation decisions to drive agendas.
It’s the culmination of a slew of factors, like the post-2016 techlash and the Trump administration.
Experts say tech animosity has become “a core Republican tenet,” and progressives want more rules.
But the platforms have also been dragged into a new war in recent years: lawmakers using them and the decisions they make as punching bags to drive their political agendas.
Experts told Insider it’s the product of the post-2016 election realization that online platforms were not all benign, a Trump-era political marketing test, internet platforms’ shift from their historical hands-off approach to content moderation, and mounting polarization in a country where a political tug-of-war was growing ever nastier.