posted by like_that
The free market is not supposed to be comfortable, but when shit like this happens we see knee jerk decisions made all of the time.
People have been talking about this for at least a few years, since the millennials freaked out when they finally realized how Google makes its money (as if it was some big mystery). Millenials are VERY concerned about privacy, free speech not so much.
And, IMO, if the antitrust laws had been properly applied we might not be here. Google wouldn't have been allowed to buy Youtube. Facebook wouldn't have been able to buy Instagram. And so on.
It's ironic that Big Tech, which have been crying about Section 230 all year (a.k.a "we shouldn't be held liable for what individuals post"), are blocking Parler because of what users are posting there.
Maybe "breakup" is too extreme and unnecessary. But they are publishers, and they need to be regulated as such. They DEFINITELY should not be able to hide behind Section 230, which is actually intended to protect new/growing companies like Parler, and not giant enterprises that have nearly unlimited resources.