The digital world tends toward monopoly.
Sure, there are other search engines, social media, video, encyclopedia, commerce, auction sites, etc. but those niches are DOMINATED by Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Amazon and Ebay.
That gives big data companies great power and great responsibility to conduct themselves ethically and fairly.
Their potential to abuse privacy and stifle speech are right out of Orwell. Worse in fact. Orwell’s “thought police” could only have dreamed of upgrading their direct personal surveillance to today’s omnipresent total data monitoring.
David Wojick kicks off our current spotlight on this crucial issue with an article at CFACT.org about YouTube’s new practice of posting excerpts from Wikipedia next to articles about the climate.
This is problematic for a number of reasons. Wikipedia is no neutral referee. It is notoriously biased, particularly about climate change. Posting the near universally accepted fact that there was some warming last century next to videos that point out, for instance, that climate computer models project warmer temperatures than observations show, obscures the genuine points of discussion.
The Left fears level playing fields. They don’t fear false information. They fear genuine facts that deflate their narratives.
The big data players need to be neutral platforms respecting all points of view.
Free speech and free expression are at risk and need protection.