Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with state attorneys general this month “to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”
As we know, Comrade Trump has lately taken to Twitter to claim and complain that the various social media platforms have been deliberately silencing conservatives, specifically they think Twitter is doing something nefarious that Wingnuttia calls shadow banning. As dim bulb Rep. Kevin McCarthy hilariously learned the hard way, it doesn’t exist.
Nevertheless, a Axios/SurveyMonkey poll shows us that two-thirds of Republicans believe that search results do skew left, so I suppose Google being absent at the hearing yesterday plays even further into their conspiracy theory. Nice going, Sergie.
Sessions new project should put all of Silicon Valley on edge, he has enormous investigatory powers and this is clearly now a partisan subject. The word competition seems like a fig leaf to give this project a veneer of respectability, when more accurately it will be some sort of shake-down.
The DOJ talking about competition is code word for breaking up monopolies.