November 14, 2021

Are tech companies influencing politics more than governments?

The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol raised important questions about the influence of social media, online misinformation and hate speech.

For Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the political risk consultancy the Eurasia Group, the event showed how the growing power and influence of tech companies are starting to overshadow the influence of traditional government institutions.

“After Jan. 6 … the U.S. government was completely unable to respond, unwilling to respond,” Bremmer said in a recent interview with “Marketplace Morning Report” host David Brancaccio.

“But the tech companies did … they deplatformed Parler, almost immediately, Amazon and Apple, and then they deplatformed a sitting U.S. president from Facebook and Twitter,” Bremmer said.

The following is an edited transcript of Brancaccio’s interview with Bremmer,…

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