Someone has gotten President Trump on message:
President Trump: "I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people… Google and Twitter and Facebook, they're really treading on very, very troubled territory, and they have to be careful. Its not fair to large portions of the population" pic.twitter.com/H3hga1kZwu
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) August 28, 2018
I see no reason to doubt that it is Alex Jones:
Yes, Alex Jones / Infowars Are Advising President Trump On Striking Back Against Internet Censorship pic.twitter.com/SD70wEXk5a
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 28, 2018
Now, the conservative and populist revolt against Big Tech has spread to inside Facebook itself:
“SAN FRANCISCO — The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message board last week. Titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity,” it quickly took off inside the social network.
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times. “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”
Since the post went up, more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political Diversity, according to two people who viewed the group’s page and who were not authorized to speak publicly. The aim of the initiative, according to Mr. Amerige’s memo, is to create a space for ideological diversity within the company. …”
Something is going to give here.
If Congress does nothing about this issue, the steady drumbeat of criticism will sour half the country on mainstream social media platforms. This will translate into a shrinking user base, declining engagement and the eventual balkanization of social media as conservatives flee to other platforms. Silicon Valley will have to choose between social justice ideology and profitability.
Note: Gab seems to be booming these days.