Careful on Social Media

Published at 14:57 on 6 October 2021

I have no disagreement with the contention that today’s social media monopilies represent a menace to society. Indeed they do.

Rather, I wish to make a word of caution about the response to this menace. If Congress is not careful, it might well do something that makes it easier for the Federal government to micromanage pretty much any firm (or individual) with an Internet presence. Pair that with the likelihood of a second Trump term, and you have a disaster in the making: a fascist government being handed a new tool for repression of political speech.

Whatever is done about the likes of Facebook and Twitter needs to be done in a way that keeps the government out of the job of deciding what sort of speech gets allowed online.

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