His daughter, Alison Parker, was a journalist who was murdered on live television in August 2015. Andy Parker has unsuccessfully petitioned YouTube and Facebook to remove the video.
” … [T]hese tech companies profit from my daughter’s murder,” he said. “They profit from violence. They profit from graphic content.”
“And so, when we didn’t hear … any other response from the [Federal Trade Commission], I thought, ‘You know, I have done everything I can to advance this as a private citizen, and the only next step that I can do is to run for Congress and fight it through Congress.’”
“Because that’s where it’s going to change,” he added. “It’s going to have to change with congressional action.”
Parker said there is bipartisan concern, adding that “there are thousands of people [who] have had this issue and had problems and abuse.”
” … [F]or all the wonderful things that Google and Facebook have created, there is this underbelly that we’re seeing,” he said. “And I think the easiest solution — and it may not be the most popular — is you eliminate their protection from any liability. And if people have legitimate lawsuits, let them have their day in court. I can’t do it, because they have unlimited protection.”
” … [I]f they had to have the same oversight that Fox News does or The Washington Post or any legitimate news outlet — if they had to go abide by those same editorial standards — you wouldn’t see this stuff,” he concluded.