The Justice Department is launching a broad antitrust review into whether the massive technology firms, Facebook Inc., Google, Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., are unlawfully stifling competition. The review will be focusing on examining the practices of the online platforms that control internet search, social media, and retail services, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The new antitrust review is designed to go beyond recent plans to examine the tech industry that were created by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. The recently defined antitrust powers of the FTC and the Justice Department allows claims to be filed from both departments on one company. According to the Wall Street Journal, “the new Justice Department review could amplify the risk, because some of those companies could face antitrust claims from both the Justice Department and the FTC.”
This could be a big step towards what I like to call “equality of speech”. While we have the God given right to free speech in this country through the 1st amendment, what we have seen in recent years is a monopoly of the social media and just plain media platforms that allow all voices to be heard. Instead of a platform for all ideas and opinion, we have seen deliberate censorship of constitutionally minded individuals to the extent that their freedom of speech has been injured. This investigation is absolutely warranted, and I would go as far to say that it should be expanded to include media and the leftist politicians that colluded with the social media tech companies to limit and suppress free speech that they don’t like.