This weekend, Bloomberg News received a draft of a proposed Executive Order authorizing federal antitrust agencies to look into possible violations by online platforms like Google and social media.
It’s widely known that online conservative media has been taking a hit on online platforms for over 2 years now. Many have already been put out of business as online platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have shadowbanned and demonitized us, preventing us from reaching much of our audience and, in turn, earning ad revenues with the content we publish online. Those of us still hanging in there are having to make major changes to sustain and are largely relying on listener and reader support.
It’s not clear who leaked the draft EO, and the White House did not confirm, saying, “the document isn’t the result of an official White House policy making process.” So you can read into what you will. We’ll find out for sure in the not too distant future. Until then, here’s what’s been reported…
The White House is considering a draft executive order for President Donald Trump that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and other social media companies.
Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order, which a White House official said was in its early stages and hasn’t been run past other government agencies. Separately, Lindsey Walters, deputy White House press secretary, said in an emailed statement that the document isn’t the result of an official White House policy making process.
The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”