A Quick Thought.
Tulsi Gabbard: 7/29/2019
Here’s the bottom line. This is really about the unchecked power that these big tech monopolies have over our public discourse and how this is a real threat to our freedom of speech and to our fair elections.Tulsi Gabbard
After the first Democrat debate, GoogleTrends showed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) as the most-searched candidate of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, after entering the event in Miami as a relatively unknown. That would have been a critical time to feed the curiosity with a targeted ad campaign to benefit from such an enormous spike in interest.
Unfortunately for Rep. Gabbard, decision-makers at Google weren’t particularly amused by her new-found popularity, and her campaign encountered a strange and unsuspected obstacle. While the searches for Gabbard were at viral levels, Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account..
Google has 90% of the search engine market share worldwide.
“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign,” Gabbard told The New York Times, “are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values. This is a threat to free speech, fair elections, and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”
It’s interesting to see that the internet aristocracy is targeting not only conservatives but also democrats who don’t have “approved by the management” stamp on their forehead.
Even if a $50 million lawsuit means nothing to Google, the gentlemen who run that company need to rethink the way they use the publicly-traded corporation to advance their private agenda. This lawsuit is just a first step in a marathon run, and there’s going to be many more runners joining the race.
It won’t surprise me to see multiple class-actions against Google (and other internet giants). It happened to the tobacco industry, and it can happen again, this time to the internet Barrons who think that no one can touch them.
Well, we will see what the next decade or two will bring us. As Steve Jobs said: “The future is long.” So, let’s take a seat and enjoy the action.
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