I never thought I’d see this day, and I feel dirty just saying it – but I agree with Elizabeth Warren on something.
I need a bath, but she’s so right.
The 2020 presidential candidate on Friday called for the federal government to break up Facebook, Google and Amazon, offering up a proposal that would recategorize the companies as “platform utilities” and reverse some major tech acquisitions. Under the plan, companies with more than $25 billion in global revenue that also act as “an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties” would be classified as “platform utilities” that would no longer be able to own a platform and its participants.
I’m man enough to admit when my enemies do something right. If you can’t do that then you have no credibility. And the fact of the matter is that Facebook and Twitter are utilities and should be treated as such. She’s the first senator I’ve ever hears say this. The mere fact that almost everyone in this country has Facebook messenger app installed on their phone, and they use it just as they would text messaging, proves that it’s a utility. Facebook is where your kid’s soccer team makes announcements, and where your kid’s school makes announcements about snow days. It’s no different at this point from your phone company. Verizon can’t cut you off because they don’t like the things you’re saying on the phone. And yet Verizon remains a PRIVATE company, just with some basic rules that make sure people aren’t denied the right to use Verizon’s services.
The only one I’m against regulating is Amazon. Leave Amazon the company alone. Amazon lets me sell their book on their platform because they only thing Jeff Bezos cares about is money. They provide name brand products for cheap and it gets to you quickly. Nothing else matters. Facebook and Twitter don’t do that. They take pride in keeping you off of their platform if you don’t subscribe to their world view. They steal your money and profit off of your data, and then don’t cut you in on the profits. And if you don’t like Amazon you can just order shit directly off of your favorite store’s website. Facebook and Twitter have no real competitors that have the only thing that matters to a social media website – billions of people.
I don’t want the government to completely control these platform, just make sure they’re treating people fairly considering their importance. We’re talking about companies that are powerful enough that foreign agents try to use them to influence our elections. Sorry, but you can’t just assume the people running them have the best intentions.
The only thing that’s gonna suck for Pocahontas is when she figures out that regulating tech companies hurts democrats, since conservatives are disproportionately getting banned.
Now excuse me while I go for a swim in a tub of acid.
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