Led by New York, some 40 states are standing up against the big tech overlords who spy on Americans, keep tabs on our activities, parcel up and sell us, and control what we’re allowed to see, hear, read, and think.
And they’re starting with an anti-trust lawsuit against one of the biggest tyrants of all: Facebook.
“A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week,” Reuters reported.
The suit could come as early as within the next seven days and tech sites are buzzing like crazy. Op-eds are being filed from other tech CEOs arguing to hold up and don’t do that. It’s a madhouse. And as Yid with Lid noted this morning, it’s not only people on the right who are in favor.
Breaking up the tech giants via antitrust actions is the best way to tame the biased social media behemoths who claim they aren’t publishers but believe they have the right to censor conservative public opinion. Removing Section 230 protection and leaving them vulnerable to lawsuits may cause them to censor even more than they now do to protect themselves. Additionally, it will hurt the new competitors who do not become censors. With forty different U.S. States behind the antitrust approach, Joe Biden will not be able to prevent the break up of the liberal-leaning tech giants should he become POTUS.
At leftwing site Salon, equal enthusiasm, in an article asking “will Facebook ever face any repercussions for its actions?”
And that’s not all, the United States is suing Facebook over a different violation.
The Trump administration on Thursday sued Facebook, accusing it of discriminating against American workers by favouring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs.
The Department of Justice’s lawsuit opens a new front in the administration’s push against tech companies — and its clampdown on immigration — as President Donald Trump enters his final weeks in office.
The suit concerns more than 2,600 positions with an average salary of some $156,000, offered from January 2018 to September 2019.
“Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified US workers,” assistant attorney general Eric Dreiband, of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in a statement outlining the department’s allegations.
This is good news even if the company isn’t broken up, even if the lawsuit doesn’t turn out. Because it’s a shot across their bow, and the rest of Big Tech as well.
The people are tired of being ruled by a digital fist and living behind the Silicon Curtain. Reckonings are at hand.