The ‘OK boomer’ knowledge problem plaguing the push to regulate big tech

The ‘OK boomer’ knowledge problem plaguing the push to regulate big tech
Joe Biden and his ghost (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Joe Biden couldn’t tell you the difference between Twitter and Facebook. If he wins the presidency, how does he propose to regulate Big Tech?]

There are few issues left in Washington, DC on which both parties can agree. Yet increasingly the push to regulate “Big Tech” is an area of agreement for Republicans and Democrats.

This consensus was on full display at last week’s contentious congressional hearing featuring top tech CEOs such as Google’s Sundar Pichai, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

“This hearing has made one fact clear to me,” Democratic Rep. David Cicilline said. “These companies as they exist today have monopoly power. Some need to be broken up, all need to be properly regulated and held accountable. We need to ensure the antitrust laws, first written more than a century ago, work in the digital age.”

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This is seemingly the mainstream position among today’s Democrats. The party’s presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has backed restoring heavy-handed internet regulations known as “net neutrality.”…

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