Facebook can do whatever they want, it’s their platform, there’s no first amendment right to use someone else’s platform, especially not because you’re big and important.— Adam Serwer ? (@AdamSerwer) May 5, 2021
The fact that verdicts from the Supreme Court of Facebook are national news seems real bad.
Expecting a monopoly to voluntarily police itself and not abuse its power was always a joke. Conservatives became free market fundamentalists and unlearned every lesson of the Gilded Age.
“WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at three of the biggest tech giants after Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board upheld the social media platform’s ban on him.
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” Trump said in a statement.
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” he continued. “The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.” …”
Populists haven’t forgotten these lessons or our origins.
“Republicans on Wednesday escalated their threats to clamp down on tech giants after Facebook’s oversight board upheld the company’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., vowed to “rein in big tech power over our speech,” while other GOP lawmakers and allies of Trump went further.
“It is time that we break up big tech, not just regulate them,” Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News after the board issued its ruling. …”
Donald Trump honestly deserves this.
He could have done something about this problem as president as his strongest supporters like Alex Jones were deplatformed one by one as their punishment for supporting him. Instead, Trump’s official position on Big Tech censorship for years was “you have to be good.” He even celebrated Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple as “the trillion dollar club” in the Oval Office in his last year in office.
Note: Big Tech should be regulated as a public utility. This is the only thing stopping woke progressives from deplatforming people they dislike from water, electric and sewer service. If they can eavesdrop on and deplatform people from talking with their friends on the telephone, they would do that too.