The Riddle Report 12 09 2020
This is big news!
The FTC and 48 states have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. In the lawsuit they allege that Facebook has engaged in unlawful behavior to eliminate social networking competition.
While there are several aspects to this lawsuit one item caught my eye.
“Facebook’s unlawfully maintained monopoly power gives it wide latitude to set the terms for how its users’ private information is collected, used, and protected,” the states said in the lawsuit. “In addition, because Facebook decides how and whether the content shared by users is displayed to other users, Facebook’s monopoly gives it significant control over how users engage with their closest connections and what content users see when they do.” Emphasis mine.
Let’s narrow it down: “In addition, because Facebook decides how and whether the content shared by users is displayed to other users, Facebook’s monopoly gives it significant control over how users engage with their closest connections and what content users see when they do.”
It has been an increasing complaint by Facebook users that Facebook controls who sees our posts. And here you have the government saying the same thing. But that control, in my opinion, goes deeper than anti-competition. It also has become prosecutor, judge, and jury over what should be free speech.
I would support Facebook efforts if it was just trying to keep the internet clean from filthy language and pictures, but now if they don’t like the political content of a post, they feel quite all right censuring and removing that content. And they are not the only ones doing this. You also have Twitter and YouTube acting up.
It is high time that these monopolies were reined in!
I understand that these monopolies feel that there is a lot of misinformation out there. But the American people should be the arbiters of what is good and bad, not a corporate CEO or committee.
The ongoing discussion about voter fraud is a legitimate discussion. In the public courtroom of opinion both sides should be able to state their case. The fact that Facebook and others use their power to squelch opinions other than their own shows a disdain for free speech and the free intercourse of opinion.
America has no use or room for businesses that operate in this matter. I don’t know where this lawsuit will go, but I sure hope and pray that they’ll get more than a slap on the back of their hands.
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