Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) told Fox News Digital that tech companies will “absolutely” use artificial intelligence to censor Americans.
The senator was unequivocal when asked whether AI will censor users. “Just look at ChatGPT, these chatbots, they have a noted, a noted political bias. Think about what that could do as we turn toward election information, news coverage, people who are searching for information and AI gets involved and directs them toward lefty-leaning stuff,” Hawley said. He specifically mentioned that he is “really worried” about election interference. His comments come just after the heads of Big Tech companies met with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other members of Congress in a closed-door meeting to discuss how artificial intelligence should be regulated. X owner Elon Musk, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai were reportedly all in attendance.
“These are the people who have tried to rig elections in the past,” said Hawley. The Missouri senator boycotted the meeting on grounds, citing an apparent lack of transparency. “These are the people who have suppressed reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop; these are the people who kick conservatives off social media. Now they’re all behind closed doors; they won’t answer questions in public.”
The senator added that given the censorship and government collusion in recent years, a closed-door meeting is really the last thing that should be happening. “The biggest tech CEOs are all here in one room,” Hawley continued “These people ought to be confronted for what they’ve done over the last few years, really last couple of decades, but instead, it’s like a big cocktail party up there from what I can tell.”
The meeting sends the message that “Congress is going to look to the tech CEOs to write the rules of the road,” Hawley said. The senator went on to note how unnerving that is in the context of what Big Tech has gotten away with for years. “[T]he tech CEOs that worked hand and glove with the Biden White House to censor conservatives, to censor parents, to suppress stories they don’t like, those are the people we are going to invite to tell us how to write laws with regard to artificial intelligence? I don’t think so.”
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