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Conservatives are rightly steamed at social media oligarchs Facebook, Twitter and YouTube/Google limiting vibrant, volatile nationwide political debate. Especially during election season, simple bias suspiciously resembles meddling.
Some frustrated otherwise clear thinkers are calling for a Bureau of Internet to stop tofu-eating potentates from viewpoint discrimination. This would be a mistake. It would entrench the powerful and place barriers to competitors already offering better solutions.
Future - Market - Forces - Idea - Bazaar
While the near future may be painful, market forces are shaping a nascent censorship-free idea bazaar.
Despite tech overlords’ congressional committee talk; the triumvirate actively censors speech that clashes with progressive-feminist orthodoxy. And it’s not just kooky conspiracists like Alex Jones.
Beliefs - Activist - Mommy - Comedy - Conservative
Christian beliefs by Activist Mommy, kid-friendly comedy by Conservative Momma, all-American fare by Gay Patriot, pro-Life messages from Susan B. Anthony List and even educational videos by Prager University have all been suspended, banned, or demonetized through opaque terms-of-service violations.
A couple things make these fiat bannings infuriating. First is the multi-platform coordination that near-instantly decides someone’s online fate.
Standards - Anti-Semites - Louis - Farrakhan - Linda
Another is the double standards. Anti-Semites Louis Farrakhan and Linda Sarsour swim in “hate speech.” Not only are their social media musings secure, but they meet future presidents, lead media-fawning rallies and get corporate support from Ben & Jerry’s.
The “go start your own media company” argument loses sting when one recalls how Facebook and especially Twitter sold themselves as free-speech paragons inducing users to spend years building up followings.
Media - Biases - Lobbyists - Rules - Lawyers
Yes, it’s unfair, but trying to kill social media biases will just make it worse. Lobbyists will craft rules and lawyers will interpret them most favorable to power players in the well-known Washington game of regulatory capture. With a little patience, the invisible hand will do its work.
It is hard in moments of marketplace dominance to accept consumer fickleness and the capitalist drive for efficiency and innovation. Sears catalogs were once staples of...
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