Big tech is our modern day version of the robber-barron.
These tech titans control the very flow of information which is so vital for a free and open society. They are choking off the lifeblood of America, and most of them lean heavily left.
None of this is news of course, but I love reminding people of it every single day.
The effects a lot of these companies have had on our society is pretty bad, and I’m not just talking about election stuff, or the culture war.
Psychologically speaking, social media services in particular are horrible. They’re destroying our youth, and conditioning society in some pretty horrible ways.
Normally, I am against business regulations, but because these corporations are married to the government it seems like government intervention is the only way to reign them in.
Here’s more on the story:
Big Tech’s bad.
Big Media’s bad.
Big Government’s bad.
Don’t give them more power. Break them up.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 23, 2021
We must break up Big Tech.
"@RepKenBuck was one of only two Republicans — joined by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida — to support the Ending Platform Monopolies Act on Thursday. The bill passed by the narrowest of margins, 21-20."https://t.co/L9QSHQ6WVw
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 28, 2021
The New York Post reports:
The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to require Big Tech platforms to sell lines of business they run on their platforms if they also compete against them, wrapping up two days of votes that saw the approval of four measures directly aimed at reining in the power of some of the country’s most successful companies.
The bill passed the committee on a vote of 21-20.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), chair of the antitrust subcommittee, said the bill forcing Big Tech to choose between running a platform and competing on it was needed because the tech giants had not played fairly. “Google, Amazon and Apple each favor their own products in search results, giving themselves an unfair advantage over competitors,” he said.
“We will break up Big Tech monopolies!”
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 27, 2021
The House Judiciary Committee is about to vote on The Ending Platform Monopolies Act, which would break up Big Tech.
— Rep. Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) June 24, 2021
This is why we need to break up Big Tech’s monopoly power, so there is competition when platforms censor conservatives. https://t.co/wAWpEICTCH
— Rep. Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) June 26, 2021
Politico gave us some more insight into the vote:
The 3 p.m. vote on H.R. 3825 (117) — the Ending Platform Monopolies Act — came one day and five hours after the committee first began a marathon series of debates and votes on six bills targeting Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.
The break-up bill was the most controversial part of the antitrust package, drawing opposition from four of the committee’s Democrats and only eking out approval on a 21-20 vote. The measure garnered yes votes from two Republicans: Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado and Matt Gaetz of Florida.
Democrat Cori Bush of Missouri — who originally opted to vote present — changed her vote to push the legislation through. Three other members present for the rest of the markup didn’t take part in the final vote: Democrats Lucy McBath of Georgia and Deborah Ross of North Carolina and Republican Burgess Owens of Utah, who had voted in favor of several of the other antitrust measures.
The antitrust push has triggered a huge lobbying fight by the tech companies and their trade groups against the proposals. It’s also split both the Democrats and Republicans, with members of both parties fighting for and against the legislation.