(ThePatriotSource.com)- Facebook and Google are reportedly gearing up for yet another legal fight, as federal and state antitrust authorities get the ball rolling on new lawsuits against the social media giants.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted violations of Section 230 protections rules that give social media companies liability protection for the content posted by users. The president has long said that reform is required, but following serious interference in the 2020 presidential election, he tweeted that Section 230 protections should be withdrawn entirely.
“For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!” he tweeted on November 27.
For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Google and Facebook are preparing for long legal battles ahead, with new lawsuits set to be filed accusing them of breaking antitrust competition laws. According to the report, authorities are preparing up to four fresh cases against the social media and tech giants, which would build on the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department last month.
The Journal explains how the new lawsuits will question whether the tech giants abused their powers on the general internet economy, suggesting that Facebook abuses its dominance in the social media space and Google abuses its dominance in the search space.
Being the two biggest platforms in their respective spaces, Facebook and Google hold a huge amount of influence in their respective businesses. Both of the tech giants deny that they abuse their power, claiming that they work in competitive markets and that they work to differentiate and provide the best services for their customers.
But with Google dominating the search space, the company makes substantial sums of money in marketing. It is so dominant that other marketing platforms simply cannot keep up.
Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the companies over matters of anti-trust – an area of agreement that can’t be found on the issue of Section 230 protections. While Democrats might agree that Big Tech should be broken up, they almost unanimously agree on giving the power of deciding what can and cannot be said online to those same tech giants.
We should learn more about the upcoming suits within a matter of days.