It’s time for big tech to be regulated, by Lion of the Blogosphere in New York.
Public utilities (like electricity, telephone, etc.) are required to serve anyone who will pay them, and customers are entitled to due process before their services are turned off. Con Ed (the utility that serves New York City) can’t just turn off your electricity and gas because they don’t like your speech, and even for nonpayment they have to give you fair notice and due process rights.
When businesses were discriminating against blacks, a Democratic constituency, Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act requiring businesses to serve everyone regardless of race.
It’s time to regulate big tech the way utilities are regulated, and the way every business is regulated with respect to discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
A new law should require that big companies like Google/YouTube, Facebook/Instagram, and Twitter are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of political viewpoint or any other type of speech (other than pornography because everyone hates pornography), and that if there is any denial of service for any reason, the user is entitled to fair notice and a hearing just like when the electric utility turns off someone’s electricity. And this includes fair access to searching and discovery. No more shadow bans and other nefarious algorithmic suppression of speech based on political orientation.
And sure, throw in “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” and throw in “sexual orientation” as well, to make the law look more fair and like something Democrats should support.
Republicans in Congress, stop being cucks to big business while they stomp all over conservatives.
Arguments rage in the comments section over at Lion’s blog. Interesting.