Americans are skeptical about whether the government should do more to hold tech companies accountable, with fewer support for stronger regulation than last year. Released today from a Pew survey. Last year, more than half (56%) of Americans wanted more regulation of Big Tech. Only 44% of Americans now want to see more government enforcement of tech companies.and the desired number of respondents less This year, government regulation of the tech industry has doubled, from 9% to 20%.
But these results should not suggest that the public is more optimistic about Big Tech, or believes the tech companies are doing the right thing.The majority of respondents still felt – as if they were – Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. censor political views that the company deems objectionable. More than three-quarters (or 77%) of Americans believe social media platforms will see such behavior in 2022, which is only a slight increase from recent years.
As we’ve seen in the past, more Republicans than Democrats believe that certain political opinions are targeted by social media — 92% of Republicans say censorship is likely, compared to Democrats 66%.In recent years, the belief that social platforms have a bias against conservatives and act on it has become such a frequent topic of conversation among right-wing lawmakers that Senate hearings have been held. that theme during Trump’s presidency.According to politicians analyze However, posts from conservative and right-wing media influences are more likely to go viral.Likewise, a NYU study found that social media platform algorithms are more likely to expand conservatives than nonpartisan or liberal figures. But even among left-wing respondents, belief in political censorship on platforms has risen steadily over the past two years, according to the Pew poll. While not as drastic as their Republican counterparts, a majority of Democrats (66%) believe platform censorship is based on political beliefs, up from 62% 2018only 59% 2020.
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