The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair who oversaw the implementation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has admitted the mistake he and others made by creating special privileges in the marketplace that have allowed for the rise of monopoly tech firms.
Reed Hundt spoke to ProMarket about the monster he helped create when he led the FCC during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997. He explained that big tech monopolies and oligarchies were not created by accident, but by design through government regulatory policy.
“In every country, almost without exception, there is an antitrust policy and an antitrust history, and in every single country the narrative of this antitrust oscillates between applying some rigorous economic theory designed to promote efficiency, with a willingness to have winners, and another school where it is not just about efficiency—it is also about the social impact. And it goes back and forth,” Hundt said.
“In the United States, almost uniquely among countries, the narrative in the rulings was about nothing other than efficiency, from roughly the late 1970s, which is when I started [working] at antitrust practice, until a couple of years ago. It is the longest run for the efficiency school that you’ll find in any country. That philosophy was meant to allow some companies to win the competition and become monopolies or oligopolies. That was the idea—it wasn’t an accident,” he added.
Hundt believes that the backlash against tech giants like Facebook is justified considering the circumstances.
“My conclusion is that Mark Zuckerberg, god bless him, who is a smart but really lucky guy, should not be surprised that people want to break up his company, because it’s exactly the same thing that happened to AT&T and also Standard Oil,” Hundt explained.
“Standard Oil was also embedded in society in every conceivable way: in shipping, transportation, industrial process, heating. When companies are that deeply entrenched, it isn’t anymore just about efficiency and markets—it is about their political power, social power, and influence power,” he added.
The tech giants have largely wielded their monopoly power in a way to destroy freedom of expression for conservative dissidents and protect legacy media outlets that are sinking fast. Section 230 has allowed these Silicon Valley monoliths to act as partisan publishers without being punitively responsible for the content on their platforms.
Section 230 reads as follows: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Hundt now admits the mistake that he and other regulators made when they were responsible for crafting the law in the 1990s.
“We were naïve. We were naïve in a way that is even hard to recapture. We all thought—Al Gore, me—that for people to be able to publish what they want would so enhance democracy and so inspire humanity, that it would lead to kind of flowering of creativity and emergence of a kind of a collective discovery of truth,” he said.
Hundt claimed that if he were in charge today, he “would probably modify” Section 230 because it has “immunized [tech platforms] from too much.”
One such reform that could reign in Section 230 is legislation proposed by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to force digital platforms to be neutral in how they prepare their algorithms and moderate their content.
“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley said in a statement. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”
“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with,” Hawley added. “Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate.”
The tech giants have become perhaps the most powerful entities in the history of mankind, and they will need to be cut down to size or the Orwellian Nightmare will become an inescapable eventuality.
Google Hits Alternative Social Media Platform Minds with Deplatforming Threat
Minds is under attack.
The alternative social media platform Minds is reporting that Google is threatening to remove their app from their Play Store feature if they do not tailor their app to Google’s restrictive specifications.
Minds founder Bill Ottman made the announcement in a post on his pro-free speech platform.
“Google Play sent Minds a 24 hour warning,” Ottman said. “Our response app was accepted into the store based on our interim solution and ninja developers, but we had to remove major functionality from that version of the app.”
Big Tech is trying to force Minds to play by their rules or choke them out of the marketplace. This is how Silicon Valley uses their government-granted monopoly power to enforce Big Brother.
“What is happening on the internet with major providers is fueling the cultural divide as much as anything,” Ottman stated.
“We had to remove search, discovery and comments. I know. We aren’t happy and we will be working towards something better,” he continued.
“We will be releasing a full report on our plan for fully censorship-resistant infrastructure. For those asking about Amazon, don’t worry, we have multiple escape pods ready to go,” Ottman added.
The full letter can be seen here:
Looks like Google Play is coming for Minds next: pic.twitter.com/ckLwElTPwh
— Gab.com (@getongab) January 15, 2021
Big League Politics has reported on how Big Tech is ruthlessly putting down all competition as they proudly manifest the Orwellian nightmare:
The conservative social media platform, Parler, is already on its last legs, as the platform’s developers relied upon Big Tech to provide their infrastructure.
Parler CEO John Matze had claimed that there were a bunch of competitors vying to host the social media site. However, the notion of a free market is laughable with a handful of far-left tech monopolies dominating the world, and he was forced to admit the awful truth in a Fox News interview.
“They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they are actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet,” Matze explained.
“They made an attempt to not only kill the apps, but also destroy the entire company… Every vendor from text message services to email providers to lawyers all ditched us too on the same day,” he added.
Matze said that Parler is pretty much doomed because of the Orwellian super-structure that has been put into place to destroy all potential competition.
“We’re going to try our best, ya know, to get back online as quickly as possible but we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to won’t work with us because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t,” he said.
“Amazon is the largest cloud storage vendor in the world, and we use them to host our servers. Hundreds of them. Hundreds of servers. And they gave us basically, they said, you have 24 hours to get all of your data and find new servers. So, where are you going to find 300 to 500 servers in a 24-hour window, and how can you send all of the data from everybody out to them in a 24-hour period? It’s an impossible feat,” Matze explained.
The fix is in. Every aspect of society is rigged against the American people to destroy their rights. Now, what are they going to do about it?
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