September 24, 2018

PREDICTION: AFTER BEING TOLD FOR YEARS THAT CORPORATIONS AREN’T ENTITLED TO FREE SPEECH, WE’LL NOW HEAR THAT THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON GOOGLE’S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS: White House Considers Draft Order to Look Into Google, Facebook.

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.”

Trump could be a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt!

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