2021 Mar 27, 1:01pm
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Amazon and Facebook have been the largest spender in corporate lobbying in Washington over the past two years, surpassing telecom providers and defense contractors. The large spending by Big Tech companies is a response to the increased scrutiny over their moderation policies and violations of antitrust.According to a new report by Public Citizen, based on data by Center for Responsive Politics, Amazon increased lobbying spending by 30% to reach $18.7 million while Facebook increased by 56% to reach $18.7 million, between 2018 and 2020. The two tech companies were closely followed by telecom provider Comcast and defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which spent $14.4 million and $13 million respectively.Facebook and Amazon were not among the top eighth largest corporate lobbying spenders in 2017. But over the last two years, they have opened their substantial wallets to lobbying teams in an attempt to influence policy in their favor.“The foundation of the Big Tech companies’ influence are their lobbying teams, which use campaign contributions, existing relationships, and past experience to swing policy in their favor,” read the report by Public Citizen. “While not even in the top eight spenders in 2017, Facebook and Amazon are now the two largest individual lobbying spenders.”The large spending by the two Big Tech companies has coincided with increased scrutiny over antitrust practices, privacy concerns, and content censorship policies.Facebook, as well as Google, was the subject of an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Trump administration. All four Big Tech companies, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook were implicated in a sweeping proposal for antitrust laws brought by House Democrats, that suggested the breaking up of the companies.
Facebook says even content “in the voice of Donald Trump” is banned, deletes major interviewScorched earth censorship.Facebook removed a video interview of President Trump with his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, a Fox News contributor. The social media company said that any content representing the “voice” of Donald Trump will not be allowed on Facebook’s main platform and Instagram.On Tuesday, Lara uploaded a photo on Instagram of her sitting across from the former president, calling on followers to watch the interview that night.Shortly after posting the image, a Facebook staff sent Trump officials an email warning that content “in the voice of President Trump is not currently allowed on our platforms (including new posts with President Trump speaking).”The email further warned that such content “will be removed if posted, resulting in additional limitations on accounts that posted it.”“This guidance applies to all campaign accounts and Pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates,” the email, whose screenshot was posted by Trump on Instagram, further stated.Lara did not heed the warning, and posted the video interview on her Facebook page. Facebook removed the video and an employee sent a removal notice email.“We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking,” the email stated.
Amazon-owned Twitch deletes footage of the full details of George Floyd’s death, as shown in courtTwitch removed a video showing the full details of George Floyd’s death, which was shown during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with the murder of Floyd. The Amazon-owned video streaming platform claimed the video violated its policies.Unicorn Riot, a non-profit news site, said that Twitch suspended its account for 30 days for showing the court footage of the death of George Floyd. The video was shown to trial witnesses.
Amazon ambassadors were trained to defend Jeff Bezos and clap back at Bernie Sanders under a program codenamed “Veritas.” ...The document, produced as part of the pilot program in 2018 and marked “Amazon.com Confidential,” also includes examples of how its ambassadors can snarkily respond to criticisms of the company and its CEO. Several examples involve Sen. Bernie Sanders, a longtime critic of the $1 trillion firm who has been targeted by it in recent days. It also provides examples of how to defend Bezos.
Since 2000, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been mobilising 五毛党 colloquially known as the 50-cent army – internet trolls that sway public opinion in favour of the CCP.
A US labor agency has reportedly found that Amazon illegally fired two employees last year who had publicly blasted the company’s employment and environmental policies.The National Labor Relations Board informed the targeted employees — Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa — that their terminations a year ago amounted to retaliation and that the agency would take action against Amazon unless it settled their cases, according to documents cited in a New York Times report.
Top SpendersLobbying Client Total SpentNational Assn of Realtors $84,113,368US Chamber of Commerce $81,910,000Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America $25,946,000American Hospital Assn $23,648,466Blue Cross/Blue Shield $22,662,720Facebook Inc $19,680,000American Medical Assn $19,575,000Amazon.com $18,725,000Business Roundtable $16,970,000NCTA The Internet & Television Assn $15,460,000Comcast Corp $14,430,000American Chemistry Council $14,000,000Lockheed Martin $12,960,810Boeing Co $12,630,000Biotechnology Innovation Organization $12,560,000CTIA $12,448,477Northrop Grumman $12,050,000Raytheon Technologies $11,960,000American Bankers Assn $11,830,000Unilever $11,460,000
It's also quite shocking how cheap it is to bribe the American government.
The only way to rid the country of these sellouts is term limits.
You are leaving out a few things. The above list is above board contributions only. ... It does not include high paying no-show jobs
True, I've heard that the real bribery is in the future jobs for doing our corporate masters' bidding today.
Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak(Reuters) - Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.
The big tech companies are the Stasi now.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi
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Since then, reports of employees using third-party seller information to bolster Amazon's own sales and evidence of lax IT access controls at the company suggest that efforts to fix the issue have been lackluster.The revelations come as trustbusters worldwide are increasingly targeting Amazon, including over how it uses third-party seller data to boost its own offerings. The European Commission opened an investigation into precisely this issue in November 2020, with preliminary findings suggesting Amazon had breached EU competition law.“This is fuel for the suspicions I had,” Dutch internet entrepreneur Peter Sorber said when told about the audit. Sorber sold children's clothes on Amazon, but 18 months after setting up his "Brandkids" store on the platform and entering the required sales data, his products disappeared from the search rankings.“You cannot ask a retailer to show his entire story with all sales statistics and then show that to your own purchasers. This is worse than not done. This is simply unfair competition,” Sorber said.
But here’s the rub. Not all multinational corporations have a profit margin of over 10 percent. Amazon, for example, had a profit margin of 6.3 percent of its $386 billion global profits in 2020. In other words, it is not going to be caught by this tax at all. Many other companies who do currently have profit margins above 10 percent will presumably already be thinking up ways of engineering margins below this threshold.
https://spectator.us/topic/amazon-exempt-biden-global-tax/ But here’s the rub. Not all multinational corporations have a profit margin of over 10 percent. Amazon, for example, had a profit margin of 6.3 percent of its $386 billion global profits in 2020. In other words, it is not going to be caught by this tax at all. Many other companies who do currently have profit margins above 10 percent will presumably already be thinking up ways of engineering margins below this threshold.
Following the revelation that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in email communication with the country’s top epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, House Republicans sent a letter demanding answers on why the company censored lab leak theories.According to the Republican legislators, the emails suggest that Fauci advised Facebook to censor the lab leak theories.
They will simply increase the compensation of their executives to avoid the extra taxes. ---- Win Win