Facebook, Google, and other internet publishers have long given up the ghost when it comes to their efforts to censor the American traditionalists in their midst.
Joining them recently with a mass, simultaneous ban of Alex Jones were Spotify and Apple, with Twitter soon to follow. The concern here is obvious: Skewing the national narrative on such all-encompassing platforms may very well be an infringement on the right to free speech that our Constitution guarantees above all. If only one side is heard, thanks to prejudice or bias at the top of these technology titans, is there any room in American for dissenting voices? Without dissenting voices, what separates us from fascism?
Given the recent ramping up of these censorship efforts, the White House is now measuring a number of possible actions to be taken on the matter.
The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump’s signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and other social media companies.
The order is in its preliminary stages and hasn’t yet been run past other government agencies, said a White House official. Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order.
The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”
Read the Executive Order draft on bias in online platforms
The document doesn’t name any companies. If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s aversion to Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies, whom he’s publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online.
The antitrust angle is a powerful one, given its long legislative history.
The only concern now is, would these internet titans even respond to judicial inquiries in the matter? Or are they quite simply powerful enough to hold legislators at bay?
Think about it: Google doesn’t wish to testify so they simply shut off their GPS services for the Washington DC area for a day, wreaking havoc on the city’s infrastructure…
Remember that “they’re a private company, they can do what they want” line from the democrats? Doesn’t sound so cute now, does it?