There have long been concerns that our online world is turning a bit totalitarian, with the political ecosystem providing us the most cogent examples of this.
Social media companies are largely trending to the left, and using their immense power to shape the narrative online. This is disturbing enough, but when you consider that the content that drives these organizations is generated by their diverse user base, this censorship becomes all the more worrisome. We are a commodity to Twitter and Facebook and the others, and their unwillingness to recognize our differing opinions is worrisome to say the least.
And then there’s Google, who have all but dominated the online space, and evolved so rapidly and supremely that there is little hope of legislatively catching up.
Perhaps that’s why the DOJ is preparing to take a closer look at them.
The Justice Department plans to bring an antitrust case against Google as soon as this month, after Attorney General William P. Barr overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time to build a strong case against one of the world’s wealthiest, most formidable technology companies, according to five people briefed on internal department conversations.
Justice Department officials told lawyers involved in the antitrust inquiry into Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, to wrap up their work by the end of September, according to three of the people. Most of the 40-odd lawyers who had been working on the investigation opposed the deadline. Some said they would not sign the complaint, and several of them left the case this summer.
The left is all but accusing Barr is attempting to force the issue in hopes of providing an “October surprise” for the Trump campaign, but those who are paying attention to the unfettered power of Google will say that this development can’t come soon enough.
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