BREAKING: Justice Department announces new antitrust probe into social media companies!

The Justice Department has announced a new probe, from its antitrust division, into the practices of social media companies:

The Department of Justice announced today that the Department’s Antitrust Division is reviewing whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.

The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online. The Department’s Antitrust Division is conferring with and seeking information from the public, including industry participants who have direct insight into competition in online platforms, as well as others.

“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”

The goal of the Department’s review is to assess the competitive conditions in the online marketplace in an objective and fair-minded manner and to ensure Americans have access to free markets in which companies compete on the merits to provide services that users want. If violations of law are identified, the Department will proceed appropriately to seek redress.

Wow. This is big.

Given all we’ve learned about Google and other social media companies within the last few years, I think a probe like this is definitely warranted.

Speaking of Google, Project Veritas has another big drop happening tomorrow from another Google insider. Except this time, the senior software engineer turned whistleblower is going to reveal his identity instead of hiding in the shadows. Apparently he’s going to further make the case that Google is NOT the neutral platform they claim to be.

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60 thoughts on “BREAKING: Justice Department announces new antitrust probe into social media companies!

  1. I’ve largely divested from all of these companies. Facebook, gone. Twitter, been gone and was easy to do because it sucks. Google, gone, except for YouTube.

    An investigation is worthy. I don’t want companies busted because they’re successful but only for unfair practices under the law. Which I believe is happening.

    1. I stopped using Facebook several weeks ago, and Twitter? I haven’t used that brain drain site in months.

  2. It comes down to this (IANAL, but I heard this on radio): You cannot claim you’re a neutral platform (post owners are responsible for their own comments like on Twitter, FB, etc.), but then start deleting posts and banning members based on their political viewpoint. Once you do that you are a publisher and can’t claim immunity.

    1. It really is that simple. Cruz mentioned that there is a law passed by Congress that gave special immunity to these companies because they promised to be neutral. Every protection under that law should be made null and void.

      I do think that the people need to see what these companies have done in the name of a “free” marketplace to damage our freedoms and rights under the Bill of Rights. If found guilty which we know they are, Twitter, Google, Amazon and the like need to be fined to the point of extinction.

      1. I would add Microsoft into the mix. We have Microsoft or Apple. I would say Microsoft is worse. Just my opinion, but Apple has it’s own problems.

      2. Not sure why Amazon is thrown into this mix unless they own something I’m not aware of. I’m speaking on platforms that get to claim immunity as being neutral, but now are catering to the left by deleting conservative comments and accounts. Amazon is certainly owned by a leftist unfortunately, but AFAIK is not violating the laws I’m referring to.

  3. May I seriously recommend that this engineer turned whistleblower hire private security because of the timing of the DOJ probe? We have seen what happens to those brave enough to speak truth in movies and doesn’t art depict many times the reality around us?

      1. I just read today that the prosecutor in the Ukraine who gave information to the US on Hillary’s seeking dirt about Trump in the Ukraine has disappeared. How much you want to bet he was Vince Fostered?

  4. I am proud to say that I have never used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I loath Google so I don’t even use them for a search engine. I hope the hammer comes down hard on these platforms.

      1. I use their search engine once in a while to locate long lost Military Buddies.Sad thing is, sometimes I do not have to search anymore.

  5. Hopefully the Justice Department led by the Honorable William Barr could possibly prevent the Biggest Voter Fraud ever.I hope he indicts many of those at Google including that little POS Billionaire.

  6. I fully oppose antitrust laws. The Constitution does not enumerate the federal government the power to destroy someone’s business, just because they don’t like it, or think they have the authority to decide it’s too big, or successful. If they want to do something, force the social media companies to declare if they are platforms, or publishers, and treat them as such, punishing infractions to the fullest extent of the law, as well as possibly invoking 42 U.S. Code § 1983.

    1. Think of the railroads back in the day…
      Railroads had to be regulated someone couldn’t just built their own railroad if the RR decided, no you can’t use my train to travel.

    2. “The Constitution does not enumerate the federal government the power to destroy someone’s business, just because they don’t like it, or think they have the authority to decide it’s too big, or successful.”

      Your straw man arguments are nodoubtly recycled from somewhere. You need to educate yourself on their practices first.

    3. A free market is predicated on competition, so a monopoly defeats the purpose of the system itself.

    4. Ma Bell had to be done .. this is million times worse. About time, DOJ slow but effective.

      1. Maybe we should be discussing why communication services are so easily monopolized. People complain about 6-8 corporations dominating other markets, but these internet related technology companies have a stranglehold on various markets.

    5. The Constitution grants equal opportunity. Their right to be big and successful is protected under the Constitution. Until they infringe on the rights of others.

      1. “Equal opportunity” doesn’t mean you can tear someone down, to build someone else up. The biggest obstacle to opportunity is not other businesses, it’s Congress, and their unconstitutional legislation (like this), their confiscatory taxation, and their habitual power overreaches, that they always are allowed to get away with.

    6. So in other words you love monopolies where they can charge you anything they want because there is no competition. You would have been a blast during the Ma Bell era. You’d still be using a rotary phone, with party lines.

      1. Can you remember those Telephone Numbers.Seven longs,3 shorts and 2 longs.That was our number when I was a little baby boy.

      2. So, in other words, you love Big Government, that can routinely take powers not enumerated to it, and use them to destroy businesses in the Private Sector. As for your claim of charging anything, I take it you’re also in favor of Net Neutrality, too. Well, I oppose that, too.

  7. I’ve been reading for a long while now that every time an alternative source comes online, and starts gaining a following, the big tech companies swoop in and make an offer to the alternative owners that they can’t refuse. So if you have an idea, bring it to fruition, and can sell it for a price beyond your wildest dreams they are willing to sell out.

    Look at how hard it has been for those like Bing and DuckDuckGo to even get off the ground as alternatives to Google. If those newer search engines can’t go out and grab content from Google, they are having a very long start and success.

    1. Yeah, for some odd reason, DuckDuckGo won’t work correctly on this new tablet. Whenever I try to download an app that’s not out of the Google store, I get a message that it is not approved by The Ministry Of Truth.

    2. And if they don’t sell out then big tech will take their ideas and clone them and make it their own.

  8. Nice…. Right Time, Right Place and lets make their life rather interesting for a good while.

  9. Barr is fighting against TOO much money. I doubt he’ll ever be able to do anything to them. And more’s the pity.

    1. I’ll give Barr the benefit of the doubt until one of his myriad investigations let’s the perpetrators walk. I ain’t willing to throw in the towel now.

  10. Ha, David Duke has come out from under his rock to support Ilhan Omar. Gee, I wonder why that would be.

    1. When the Squids take to calling Pelosi a white supremacist..

      Pelosi shoudl retort, cite the David Duke endorsement and call Illhan Omar a white supremacist.

      Next round of popcorn’s on me, boys and girls

    2. So when is Omar forced to renounce David Duke?! And she’d better renounce him forcefully! /s

    3. He’s been doing that for awhile.

      Kind of weird how Trump who is very pro-Israel is ever associated with the anti-semitic Duke. Doesn’t make sense…but in this crazy world.

      1. David Duke was in fact at the Charlottesville deadly rally. He said something about that is why Donald Trump was elected, or some such thing. David Duke knew what he was saying would bring Trump into the conversation. He obviously knew Trump was not the anti-semite he is. He is and always has been an inciter.

    4. So is the media going bonkers over this? If Duke supported Trump then the media would be screaming it from the rooftops.

  11. I think I’m likely to die of old age before the feds ever do anything meaningful… I mean ANYthing meaningful…

    1. Mueller is in over his head. He wasnt the one running that investigation, he is a tired old man. Stuttering and looking very nervous.

      1. Agreed. Google and fake news media colluded with democrats to manipulate millions of votes so its no wonder Nadler and his obstruction zealots are hellbent on beating this dead horse.

  12. This has been going on forever, i remember when Microsoft was rumored to be getting broke up by the government nearly 20 years ago and nothing happened. There are to many bribes going around for anything to happen to these tech companies.

    1. Wouldn’t that be about the time Al Gore was claiming he was the brains behind the internet?

  13. Is it a platform or a publisher? You can’t have it both ways. It’s all they have to clarify. They want more regulation because more subsidies co e with them. And they hope for a Democrat President to do just that…

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