President Donald Trump is aware of James O’Keefe’s ground-breaking exposé of Google’s electoral interference operation heading into 2020, and says he is considering a lawsuit against the tech giant for striking against U.S. democracy under the cover of darkness.
“We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will,” Trump said while giving an interview over the phone to the Fox Business Network.
Google continues to deny the obvious, believing that they are above the law, and attempting to continue onward with their electoral manipulation schemes unabated.
“We build our products with extraordinary care and safeguards to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without any regard for political viewpoint. Our rating guidelines are publicly visible for all to see,” a Google spokesperson wrote in an email in response to Trump.
Trump also criticized Twitter for “making it very hard” to “get out my message” heading into 2020.
“Twitter is just terrible, what they do,” he added.
“These people are all Democrats. It’s totally biased towards Democrats,” Trump said of the Big Tech monopolists.
Trump has had his eye on these developments as censorship has worsened for his supporters on the monopoly platforms:
I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking at Google and other Big Tech firms as the potential target for anti-trust suits for their abusive business practices.
“The current landscape suggests there are only one or two significant players in important digital spaces, including internet search, social networks, mobile and desktop operating systems, and electronic book sales,” said Justice Department’s antitrust chief Makan Delrahim.
“By protecting competition, we can have an impact on privacy and data protection,” he said.
Jen Gennai, who works as Head of Responsible Innovation for Google, was caught on video by Project Veritas talking about how breaking up Google, as proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), was a bad idea because their monolithic corporation would work to ensure a situation like President Trump never happened again.
“We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again,” Gennai said.
“We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?” she added.
An antitrust suit against Google may be one way to cut them down to size. Another solution may be legislation from freshman U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to remove Big Tech’s special immunity privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act unless they prove their algorithms are unbiased.
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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