Dear Jeff Sessions and Conservatives, Don't Mess with Google, Facebook or Twitter

Daniel Castro Michael McLaughlin September 25, 2018
September 25, 2018

The Department of Justice is scheduled to meet with state attorneys general today to discuss bias on Internet platforms, but a federal investigation into social media companies would be inappropriate, undermine the free speech rights of tech platforms, and ultimately do a disservice to consumers. In an op-ed for USA Today, ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro and Research Assistant Michael McLaughlin write that businesses have no incentive to inject bias in their platforms, and consumers would be substantially worse off if social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter were broken up. Instead, policymakers should allow businesses to determine the best way to serve their customers.