There is much hand-wringing in the mainstream media over Trump’s plans to put some teeth into regulating Big Tech companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).
Some of this noise is justified, but there’s a lot of crap, too. The crap part is that Big Tech and the mainstream media are doing all of the whining because they are the target of this. They have been warned that their patent bias is going to come back and bite them in the butt, so they are lying about the likely thrust of this executive order Trump is working on.
We don’t have the details because the discussion inside the administration is not yet finalized. For now, it appears that it involves directing the FCC and FTC to evaluate whether the social media and media companies are actually abiding by the rules of the CDA. If the big shots are injecting a bias, then they lose their protection and become responsible for the content.
What makes this dangerous is that there is simply no objective test by which to measure the injection of bias. Some of it is blatant, such as Google twisting the search algorithm, as has been leaked recently. But in other cases, it would just about require a batch of lawsuits to establish enough precedent to make this consistent. In other words, it is unlikely to help much in the coming election, and most of this kind of legal wrangling won’t come before a judge anytime soon.
The other danger is that this could turn out to be a lot more draconian than the current leaks indicate. Given our President is an ardent Zionist, it’s a very real threat to anyone who isn’t such a big fan of Israel. This could get dicey.