The White House wants to find out if any Antitrust Laws are being violated by social media channels. An investigation into which social media sites violate antitrust is awaiting President Trump’s signature.
Here are the questions some parties are asking:
- Are social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google intentionally censoring Americans when it comes to political viewpoints?
- Are Republicans and Democrats getting equal exposure?
With these questions in mind, the White House has drafted an antitrust order to investigate these companies and their business practices.
The intent is not to control how big they get, especially when they are doing it honestly, rather antitrust laws prohibit acts that are intended to form a monopoly by using unfair tactics.
Right now 72 percent of Americans believe social media companies intentionally censor what they see.
Do you think it is time to do something about it?
The White House thinks it’s time to do something about it. They are now waiting for a signature from President Trump on a draft Executive Order. The Order will explore whether any major social media sites violate antitrust.
This order would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to investigate social media company business practices.
Currently, the document would allow U.S. antitrust authorities to investigate if any online platform is determined to have violated antitrust laws.
So far no specific companies have been named in the order. But if this does get signed it would support Trump’s claim that social media companies are silencing conservative voices and news sources online.
President Trump recently said, “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration: “We won’t let that happen. They’re closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”
All of this is in its early stages and still needs to run past other government agencies.
Other laws also have to be considered, such as the First Amendment, which protects political views from government regulations.
With an initial meeting happening shortly, a decision will have to be made if there is a federal case against some of these companies.
Social Media Sites Violate Antitrust
Sonia Rina Landry is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, author, and personal development coach. She is an outspoken advocate of the free market economy and has helped countless clients identify their core values, envision and realize goals that resonate with those values. She oversees several businesses online and offline.