As we head into the holiday season, tech giants are facing an uncomfortable truth: they are the wrong allies in an increasingly partisan battle over the future of the Internet.
The battle is a war over the nature of the net.
And it’s happening in the United States, too.
On Friday, tech giant Facebook said it will be shutting down its US operations and laying off nearly 2,500 employees, while Amazon will lay off more than 1,000 workers.
Both companies will also be laying off thousands of staff from its European operations.
And Google is facing a wave of criticism over the conduct of its workers, including allegations of harassment, retaliation, and retaliation for making allegations.
These are not the first moves to tackle the threat of an increasingly polarized political environment.
For years, tech companies have had a clear mandate to work with Congress to reform the way we use the Internet, but it hasn’t always been a straightforward process.
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Congress gave the Federal Communications Commission more leeway to regulate the Internet than ever before.
That authority gave the FCC more power to regulate how internet service providers operate.
But with President Donald Trump’s election and the advent of social media, the FCC is less focused on regulating the Internet and more focused on imposing its will on the private companies that use the internet.
Since the election, Trump has made it clear he doesn’t want the FCC to be “regulatory czar” — a phrase that suggests he believes regulation is not something the agency should be doing.
And the FCC has resisted that direction, instead focusing on its role in regulating cable TV, phone companies, and broadband providers.
This has allowed Silicon Valley to work more closely with the Republican Party on issues that might benefit it politically.
The Trump administration has said it wants to create “net neutrality,” an idea that would protect the openness of the web and allow people to access information online without a company’s permission.
Trump’s chief advisor, Stephen Miller, has been a vocal proponent of the concept.
But the Republican leadership in Congress has been less receptive to the idea.
In fact, they’ve shown less enthusiasm for it than the Obama administration.
For instance, Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, voted against the FCC’s Open Internet Order, a bill that would have required internet service companies to treat all content equally.
Instead, the Republican leaders have been increasingly reluctant to embrace the idea of net neutrality.
The Republican-controlled House passed the Net Neutrality Act in 2015, and the Senate has taken up similar legislation this year, but Senate Republicans have been resistant to it.
It’s unclear what the fate of the bill will be when it returns to the Senate this week.
It’s a complicated situation for tech companies, who have been the beneficiaries of the government’s largesse.
In return for their largesse, techs have been eager to create jobs, invest in research and development, and expand their businesses.
That has often led to them investing in research into new technologies and building products that can compete with existing businesses.
It also means tech companies that provide services like cloud computing and mobile apps have the opportunity to create revenue for themselves while providing the service that their customers want.
But tech firms also face an increasingly divisive political environment as well.
For decades, tech workers have been underrepresented in political offices.
Techs have traditionally relied on lobbyists to push their agendas on Capitol Hill.
But as more companies have begun to become more politically active, tech labor is increasingly feeling more like a third party.
In recent years, as technology has grown, tech has become a more popular political force.
In 2018, for instance, tech leaders made up more than a third of the Republican congressional delegation, a jump of more than 40 points from 2012.
And as political polarization has grown more pronounced, the tech community has become more polarized too.
In 2017, there were fewer than one-third of tech workers supporting Democrats.
In 2020, however, the number of tech companies supporting Republicans grew to almost 20 percent.
That number is projected to increase in 2020 as well, thanks to a surge of tech industry CEOs, such as Microsoft cofounder and CEO Satya Nadella.
Nadella has been outspoken in his support for Trump.
He has been called “a brilliant tactician,” and he has also been a staunch supporter of the tech industry.
But some critics say that the rhetoric has made tech more partisan.
“I think there’s a little bit of that,” said Brian Reed, an economist at George Mason University.
“And the more that tech is politicized, the more likely it is that that kind of rhetoric and rhetoric gets amplified.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.
What matters is what your party is willing to say.”
Companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook have a lot to lose if tech workers feel they are marginalized by a political environment that increasingly favors the left. While