Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles is calling on the Tennessee General Assembly to dump any state-held equity and debt in the Big Tech companies over their “war on freedom of speech.”
Ogles made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday, available here. It is addressed to Governor Bill Lee, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and the other members of the Legislature.
The mayor’s demand encompasses Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet (owner of Google).
It has become abundantly clear that these companies have, in a discriminatory manner, targeted Conservatives and Supporters of Donald Trump. Furthermore, these companies appear to be conspiring and colluding in such a fashion to eliminate any and all competition by example of the systematic blocking and removal of Parler from the internet.
It is imperative that State Governments take immediate action and rebuke these companies and their actions. Tennesseans should not be forced to invest and support the very companies that are conspiring to silence them. Furthermore, the State of Tennessee should refrain from doing business with these companies by way of prohibition of advertising on Google, Facebook or Twitter and a prohibition of Amazon services until such time these companies admit their errors and remove said censorship and prohibitions from their respective platforms.
It should be noted, a similar effort is under way in Florida, as initiated by Representative Randy Fine, and I respectfully request by way of Office of the Governor or the General Assembly that Tennessee follow suit and take a stand against this type of systematic censorship.
Ogles denounced the violence at the U.S. Capitol but also pointed to Big Tech’s censoring of millions of law-abiding citizens and their removal of President Donald Trump from those platforms.
The president’s removal from social media even drew a statement of condemnation from the American Civil Liberties Union, typically no friend of conservatives. The ACLU said this censorship was a use of “unchecked power” by tech companies, Breitbart reported.
Ogles’ letter caught the attention of Tennessee Stands, which retweeted his announcement and said, “Conservative Mayor Andy Ogles Calls on TN Gov / General Assembly to dump big tech!”.
Conservative Mayor Andy Ogles Calls on TN Gov / General Assembly to dump big tech!@dbongino @SteveDeaceShow @toddstarnes @ValentineShow @marklevinshow @CLewandowski_ @BreitbartNews @NC5 @newsmax @OANN @GlennJacobsTN @DineshDSouza @DonaldJTrumpJr @scottienhughes pic.twitter.com/PwqWQau17M
— Mayor Andy Ogles (@AndyOgles) January 13, 2021
This is not the first time the Maury County mayor has stepped into a statewide call-to-action.
In September, Ogles said Lee and Nashville Mayor John Cooper could heal an economy wounded by COVID-19 by reopening, The Tennessee Star reported.
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