Another New Front On The War on Algorithms!

Rare Picture of Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions III not wearing a white robe, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

This is kinda ominous:

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.

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8 Responses to Another New Front On The War on Algorithms!

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    It seems as if most, if not all social media platforms that are/have been/can be used for critical comments re: this administration, and the Russian Usurper are due for their own version of the Spanish Inquisition. I certainly never expected it…

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  2. Sirius Lunacy says:

    It’s okay for right leaning business to discriminate against gays but not for left leaning businesses to discriminate against nazis. This administration is pretty sure that this is amendment 1A+ of the US Constitution.

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    • The sticky bit is that sexual preference is not a Title IX protected class, whereas political affiliation is. However they’re not banning Nazis because they’re nazis, they’re banning them because the Nazis cannot help but post hate speech and threats.

      That said, this is straight out of Fascist Despot 101. Constitution, Schmonstitution they have the power.

      Of course, if this gets beaten back the DOJ will gleefully determine that they cannot fight any monoply case and cite this as the reason. Win-WIn.

      Or as the humans around here would put it Lose-Lose.

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  3. RWW says:

    The Conservatism as a Racket crowd really have gone out to the furthest tip of the limb, and now they are sawing it off.

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  4. roket says:

    it would be irresponsible not to speculate that the objective here is to stifle dissent.

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  5. Osirisopto says:

    Is this killing the messenger for sport or an attempt to bully them into helping them suppress the vote?

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  6. MDavis says:

    Right, now they’re concerned about threats to competition. Net Neutrality public discussion results are ignored so that Net Neutrality getting axed gets some fraudulent support, but when we run into Colbert’s law (Reality has a well documented liberal bias.) and the algorithms reflect reality Sessions has to go change his pants and then get up on his adorable little soapbox to preach about – not throttling competition.
    (He didn’t actually use the word ‘throttling’, did he? That would have been a Donne T level mis-step)

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