Robby Soave: Today’s Bipartisan Tech Panic Is Yesteryear’s Freakout Over Video Games
Everywhere you turn these days, big tech companies are under fire. Instagram’s supposedly addictive and negative effects on teenage girls have lawmakers comparing its parent company Facebook to Big Tobacco.
Conservatives like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Gov. Gregg Abbott (R-Texas) have signed controversial legislation banning social media platforms from suspending or moderating the accounts of political candidates. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has suggested private businesses like Twitter and YouTube should be classified as common carriers, subject to strict regulation by the federal government.
Liberal legislators in Colorado have proposed creating a “digital communications commission” that would have the power to change how platforms do business in the name of fighting “hate speech” and “misinformation.” Lawmakers in at l
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