- Affirming their opposition to violence and incitement, Silicon Valley corporations led the way removing President Donald Trump from their platforms and shutting down Parler, an app popular with his supporters.
- But these same firms have deep relationships with the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency.
- As a matter of consistency and morality, these tech firms ought to end their profitable relationships with these parts of the US government that perpetuate violence abroad.
- Christian Sorensen researches the military-industrial-congressional complex. He is a senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network (EMN), an organization of critical & independent expert former military, intelligence, and civilian national security officials. His views are his own.
- This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Silicon Valley giants have banned the President of the United States from social media and suspended Parler, a social media app popular with the president’s supporters, in response to the storming of the US Capitol. The corporations involved cited incitement to violence as their main rationale for taking these steps. Given Silicon Valley’s ties to the military, such actions reek of hypocrisy.
If Big Tech is concerned about violence, then it should stop selling goods and services to the US military establishment, which, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noted in 1967, is the single “greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”