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 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2021 01:08 pm
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Well they're private platforms so obviously not a free speech issue.

The question is whether or not Facebook and Twitter have reached such a status in our society that they need to be considered "public utilities", in which you're basically advocating for government to step in and tell private business owners how they should conduct business because these things are so essential in the modern world, like electricity or general Internet access. That is not a step to be taken lightly.

Facebook and Twitter obviously have competition from other social media platforms, as the rise of Parlour shows, but those other ones are so small that they seem to be irrelevant. But Facebook overtook Myspace and if you let the free market work there are no exceptional barriers to entry that would make one think that it's impossible to overtake Facebook and Twitter too. In fact Facebook has already lost tons of ground to other social media that cater more to a younger crowd, and most 20-year olds wouldn't be caught dead on there. So I'm not sure how anyone can actually say they need to be regulated, even though every Republican and Democrat loves regulation and hates free enterprise.

Last edited on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 01:09 pm by srossi



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