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atrimus

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Late Great Donald Blake 
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Subj: Re: I agree with this, so long as private companies don't become monopolies.
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2022 at 10:27:58 am EST (Viewed 278 times)
Reply Subj: I agree with this, so long as private companies don't become monopolies.
Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 at 07:56:13 pm EST (Viewed 306 times)



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    If we enforce antitrust laws then this wouldn't be an issue to begin with. The internet, and especially SOCIAL MEDIA shouldn't be privately owned or privately controlled anymore than the military or roads should be.



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    cheers,
    ---the late great Donald Blake


Is the internet privately owned?

Regardless, Twitter (and other social media platforms) doesn’t serve the same purpose as roads or the military. It’s not funded by taxes, nor is it essential for survival. Twitter is no more a public service than any other company-owned website that offers (and polices) a forum for its users.

I’m not sure how antitrust laws would come into play here either, as there’s no single monopoly in the market. Twitter competes with Facebook/Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, TikTok, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat and others, all of which have their own moderation in place. As far as I can tell, none of these platforms have engaged in any anticompetitive practices that prevents the “MTGs” of the world from starting their own social media site.