[Ed. – Like any other utility.]
“Who guards the guardians?”
Generally, this is a warning spoken about the threat of tyranny in the form of security agencies, secret police or military units that might take political power in a free society. But today, we need to amend the original quote to reflect the growing threat of social media to free speech and to democracy itself: “Who guards the guardians of information?”
Because for the past few months, Twitter, Facebook and Google have shown they wield more power individually and jointly than any political party, any media corporation, or any member of Congress or president. Yet they operate without regulation and without oversight as the virtual worldwide directorate of information.
We saw those companies suppress information prior to the November presidential election regarding Joe Biden’s connection to his son Hunter’s business interests in China, Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere.