In a new film, Peter Schweizer, author of the New York Times best-selling book and film Clinton Cash, has squarely placed Silicon Valley in his crosshairs.
Tentatively titled “The Creepy Line,” Mr. Schweizer’s documentary explores how big tech companies like Google and Facebook filter the news, stifle free speech and suppress right-wing content, publishers and conservative activists.
The title alludes to an infamous 2010 speech by Eric Schmidt, Google’s former Chief Executive Officer. In it, he dismissed privacy and censorship concerns, saying that Google’s policy was “to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”
News of Mr. Schweizer’s film comes just days after moderators at YouTube, an affiliate of Google, “mistakenly” pulled right-wing channels. Activists on the right revolted, claiming that YouTube was deliberately purging conservative media. Since the outcry, YouTube has once again found itself the center of scandal, with a former employee suing the company, alleging it deliberately denied white and Asian males jobs in order to reach diversity goals.
Other tech giants have not helped to assuage conservatives’ fears that they are under attack and being censored by an ultra-progressive Silicon Valley. Twitter also faced serious backlash after what seemed like a blanket ban on many conservative accounts, including Fox News host Sean Hannity’s, and several of its engineers suggesting that they deliberately shadow banned right-leaning Twitter users.
Mr. Schweizer’s film is expected to have its first screening in May at the Cannes Film Festival, though not as part of the official competition.