Matt Stoller

Matt Stoller

Interested in political liberty and regulated competition. Fellow at the Open Markets Institute

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Alex Jones doesn't need to be censored, but he doesn't need to be recommended to YouTube viewers 15 billion times. That's the issue, it's the targeted ad model of big tech that turns dangerous cranks - who exist in every culture - into superstars.

The idea that a small group of English-speaking Silicon Valley titans can control speech while running radicalization engines is simply ludicrous. Even if they can do it in the U.S., what about all the conspiracy theories and danger in every other non-Western non-English nation?

The reason all these media and big tech execs want censorship is because it's the only path that preserves their revenue and social position. It doesn't address the problem, which is *their own business model* radicalizing millions and ruining our minds.

The way to handle problems like incitement, defamation, harassment, etc, all of which are *already illegal* is in a court of law. Not in a court of Mark Zuckerberg or through @jack  's tortured conscience. These aren't private decisions, they are public ones.

Oh, and if you think that weaponizing cable systems to not carry conservative channels won't backfire, the story black media entrepreneurs trying to get access to Comcast's network should disabuse you of that idea...

I'll also note that the problem was amplified by big tech, but was a problem because of media deregulation in the 1980s and 1990s. And if you want to know who gets boxed out by private infrastructure, it's black media entrepreneurs.

Facebook didn't create gang violence, but it accelerated it. Social media gamifies human interactions, and by doing so induces people to murder each other for the Likes.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by retweets.

“Our economic structure has begun to resemble a communist or fascist system, both of which by necessity demand centralized power and economic control, top-down organization, and a fusion of business and government.”

If you want to know why Rohit Chopra leaving the the FTC to run the consumer finance agency is problematic for antitrust and taking on big tech...


Congratulations to all those Joe Biden supporters!

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma is missing after criticizing the Chinese government. Wow. This would be like the U.S. government kidnapping Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg to teach them a lesson.

This announcement of layoffs by United Airlines came literally a few hours after they got $25B in grants from the government so they wouldn't have to lay anyone off. Congress is full of a bunch of fucking morons.

If the Post Office had used 96% of its cash flow to buy back stock instead of deliver mail to rural areas it would have been bailed out by the Fed in March.

Biden transition is quietly putting Google and Facebook employees into its transition landing teams.

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Just spoke with ER doc who say he's seeing cases he's 99% sure are #coronavirus . Negative for flu, recent travel, work in airports. Not allowed to test. Patients return to work because they can't take time off w/out a firm diagnosis. Other ER docs seeing the same thing.

People are not internalizing what is happening. A $6 trillion credit allocation to Wall Street isn't a corporate handout, it's a coup. These numbers are a thorough restructuring of America.

I've never seen a more blatant example of concentrated money rigging an election than Iowa Dems releasing a random percentage of the vote after self-dealing grifters tied to Buttigieg fucked up an election, followed by the NYT, WaPost, CNN, and MSNBC announcing 'partial results.'