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Justice Thomas, Countervailing Power, and Big Tech Share This

Marshall Auerback | Apr 07, 2021 | Big Tech

In a non-binding concurrence, Justice Clarence Thomas (joined by no other justices), argued that social media platforms could be labeled “common carriers,” and should therefore be treated like phone companies or similar utilities. Thomas’ commentary accompanied a Monday Supreme Court order instructing a New York district court to dismiss as moot a lawsuit against former […]

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Reclaim Democracy From Technocracy Share This

Josh Hammer | Jan 18, 2021 | Big Tech

Our present predicament, characterized as it by an emboldened and rapacious post-U.S. Capitol siege Big Tech edifice all too eager to dutifully serve as a repressive ruling class appendage, was perfectly encapsulated on Friday by two of my Commons co-bloggers. R.R. Reno, writing at First Things, observed that “Big Tech’s power to define the limits of free […]

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Corporate Sponsored Censorship Share This

R. R. Reno | Jan 11, 2021 | American Tradition

Parler, the alternative to Twitter, is being strangled by the tech giants. Apple and Google removed the app from their app stores. Amazon removed the company from its web-hosting service. These companies claim these actions serve the public interest. Whatever one thinks of last week’s events, this action in concert marks a milestone. In recent […]

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What To Do After Big Tech’s Pearl Harbor Attack on the New York Post Share This

Josh Hammer | Oct 26, 2020 | Big Tech

As of this writing, the New York Post, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, has been locked out of its own Twitter account for almost two weeks. It is not entirely obvious why. But what we do know is that, to date, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden has denied the veracity of the Post‘s divulged “Hunter files” email trove […]

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Social Media is an Engineering Disaster Waiting to Happen Share This

Samuel Hammond | Oct 20, 2020 | Big Tech

Fake news pales in its power to real news presented with misleading frequency.

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The Flattering Alarmism of The Social Dilemma Share This

John Sailer | Oct 20, 2020 | Big Tech

The new and popular documentary, The Social Dilemma, probably could have been an article published in 2018. That’s not to dismiss what it has to say. Framed as the social media equivalent of Food Inc., the movie interviews academics and former tech company execs, all of whom make now-popular arguments about the hidden costs of […]

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Big Tech Reveals the Flaw in Citizens United Share This

Matt Stoller | Aug 06, 2020 | Big Tech

Last week, the House Antitrust Subcommittee grilled the CEOs of four large technology platforms – Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook – for five and a half hours, focusing on the market power these corporations have accumulated over the last fifteen to twenty years. Typically such hearings are superficial and partisan, with the Republicans and Democrats […]

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The GOP’s Embarrassing Big-Tech Performance Share This

Saagar Enjeti | Jul 31, 2020 | Amazon

The modern-day Titans of Industry testified before Congress Monday ostensibly for a hearing on anti-trust.  The hearing could have been an opportunity for left and right to question the immense market power of organizations that have an inordinate amount of power over the daily lives of American citizens.  All of my optimism for the much-anticipated […]

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Russell Kirk & Big Tech Share This

Rachel Bovard | Jul 13, 2020 | American Tradition

The debate about Big Tech often breaks down into one of whether or not a private company should be “regulated.” This is especially true as attention heats up around the use of antitrust enforcement — substantively, definitionally, and applicably different than regulation, though in argument one side attempts to conflate them.  Jim Swift of The […]

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Social Media Requires Utility Style Regulation Share This

Marshall Auerback | Jun 17, 2020 | Big Tech

I’ve raised the issue of social media regulation before. This is an issue that won’t be going away anytime soon in the wake of Google’s decision to ban two websites from its ad platform over protest articles, namely The Federalist and Zero Hedge.  As Mike Masnick has argued, this appears to be less a case […]

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A Tale of Two Media Share This

James Poulos | Jun 08, 2020 | Big Tech

Re: In Praise of Big Internet

Faced over the past few years with a deepening sense of dread around the increasing irrelevance of academic political theory, I shifted much of my perspective on the accelerating unraveling of the modern order to media theory–specifically, media theory rooted in the work of Marshall McLuhan and his son Eric. While political theory as an […]

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How Should We Regulate the Social Media Companies? Hint: More Competition Might not be the Answer Share This

Marshall Auerback | Jun 04, 2020 | Big Tech

natanaelginting – stock.adobe.com Donald Trump threatened to close Twitter down a day after the social media giant marked his tweets with a fact-check warning label for the first time. The president followed this threat up with an executive order that would encourage federal regulators to allow tech companies to be held liable for the comments, […]

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