[Ed. – Doggone it, he likes himself!]
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) slammed big tech firms on Wednesday, saying that they should be held to the same style of net neutrality rules as major telecommunications companies.
“Not only do they guide what we see, read and buy on a regular basis, but there dominance specifically in the market of information now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy,” Franken said, criticizing firms like Twitter, Facebook and Google for their inability to stop foreign actors from manipulating their platforms to meddle in elections.
Franken, who has been critical on antitrust matters regarding major telecommunications firms like AT&T and Time Warner said during an event held by the think tank Open Markets Institute, that web firms should be held to the same standards with net neutrality-styled provisions.
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“The power of these companies sometimes scares me,” Franken said, quoting Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) from the week prior during a hearing probing Russia’s election influence using Facebook, Twitter and Google’s platforms.