Antitrust Empowers Free Speech, Not America’s Adversaries
Posted: Sep 23, 2022 12:01 AM
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We keep being told that breaking up Silicon Valley monopolies will “harm national security.”The Amazon-funded Chamber of Commerce warns that antitrust will “undermine our national security interests.” Facebook and Google claim their monopolistic power is of the utmost importance to America’s national security.This is nonsensical. Antitrust legislation is only a threat to the profits and power of Silicon Valley giants. Allowing more competition in the online marketplace will empower consumers, not America’s adversaries. The constant shrieking about national security only makes sense when one remembers that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) considers “disinformation” on social media a threat that needs to be addressed. DHS recently agreed with a recommendation from the agency’s inspector general to institute a “a unified strategy to counter disinformation campaigns that appear in social media.”What does this look like in action? We saw one recent example when Mark Zuckerberg told Joe Rogan that Facebook censored damaging stories about the Biden family on advice from the FBI. The label of “disinformation” was abused by partisan members of the so-called intelligence community to muddy the waters on stories originating from Hunter Biden’s laptop. The same tactic was used to silence criticism of draconian lockdowns and unnecessary mask policies. And just as with the coverage about the damaging contents of Hunter Bid …