According to a new report, at least 40 states are due to file antitrust lawsuits against Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook next week.
CNBC reports that these states, led by New York, have been investigating Facebook for potential antitrust violations.
Four sources have reportedly confirmed that this is happening and is evolving.
A coalition of 40 US states that have been investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations plan to file a lawsuit against the social network next week, according to CNBC.
This would be the second major antitrust lawsuit … https://t.co/Go47uPno79 https://t.co/hziDyy4Leb
– Phil Jeudy (@PhilJ) December 3, 2020
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Facebook under attack
CNBC noted, “The complaint would be the second major lawsuit against a big tech company this year. The Justice Department sued Alphabet's Google in October. "
"More than 40 states plan to join the lawsuit, a source said without naming them," the outlet reported.
"Facebook declined to comment," said CNBC.
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As President Trump continues to call for the repeal of Section 230, which protects large social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from liability, big tech is getting brighter and harder lit.
Section 230, a US liability protection gift to Big Tech (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), Poses a serious threat to our national security and electoral integrity. Our country can never be safe if we let it stand …
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
Now the individual states seem to be promoting this problem.
Breitbart News recently reported, "The lawsuits are reportedly centered on whether the tech giant has abused its power in the internet economy, and are focused on Google's position in the search and advertising industry and Facebook's dominance on social media. Market."
"Both companies have declined to use their power in an anti-competitive manner, stating that they operate in highly competitive markets and that their services are beneficial to consumers," said Breitbart.
"Despite ongoing antitrust investigations and legal proceedings, Facebook and Google are both on a shopping spree to buy rivals and tech startups," added Breitbart.
Hurry up and follow me into Parler. I can't stay on Facebook or Twitter if they keep censoring me. And one day I'll have left their platforms. Parler is a wonderful alternative and growing and we need you asap. It believes in really frank speech. Https://t.co/3RnjMoknfj
– Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 30, 2020
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Both Republicans and Dems went to Facebook for very different reasons
In addition to President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, Zuckerberg's Facebook continues to be scrutinized by both major parties.
Republicans generally believe that Facebook has punished conservative speech in ways that violate Section 230, which is intended to be a shield for free and open speech on social media.
Democrats – supposedly "liberals" – believe that the social media giant needs to restrict language even further to combat "misinformation" and that Section 230 prevents this from happening to the extent they want. Joe Biden has even called for Section 230 to be "revoked".
Facebook is in the crosshairs one way or another right now, and for good reason.
Section 230 requires social media platforms to behave as platforms that enable freedom of speech, rather than as publishers editing their content. Facebook has been acting more like the latter recently.
Conservative voices and sources have seen a decline in sharing on Facebook and Twitter, and even censored a New York Times story of Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings. Twitter did this days before the election.
This is not just a platform, but a publisher that makes editorial judgments and decisions.
Conduct as a publisher undermines the purpose and spirit of Section 230 and could ultimately jeopardize Mark Zuckerberg's entire business model.
And when that happens, it's nobody's fault but himself.