An unbiased and free speech platform is what made social media amazing. If those voices were being controlled, manipulated or able to be persuaded though, then that would give Attorney General William Barr a legitimate reason for concern. In fact, that would give the AG 224 million legitimate reasons to investigate suspicions of antitrust violations.

Before looking at this latest probe into the world of social media, it might be helpful to put this fun and playful social world into perspective. From Twitter to Facebook, Instagram, and others these social media platforms over the past couple of decades have morphed. These are no longer platforms where people only fish for their soul mates or get together to play games. This has also become a forum for politics, politicians, and a megaphone for a variety of agendas.

Somewhere along the lines as social media powers like Facebook and Twitter, for example, continued to grow someone realized the reach and size of audience garnered by these social media powers. Statistics say that somewhere in the vicinity of 80% of the U.S. is connected to one or more social media platforms. That equates to roughly 224 million people.

The issue here though isn’t the size of the largest social media platforms, that is where the power lies. The problem lies in the control and or manipulation of these platforms – or in this case the concerns surrounding such activity. Simply put, if any sites chose to delete, ban or disallow any negative material toward candidate “x” then Houston we have a problem. The same is applicable in the other order as well if a site allowed the promotion of candidate “x” but prohibited the promotion of any other candidate.

Of course, this is politics so that can’t be said, at least not at face value. So we have something that looks like this antitrust investigation which will delve into issues such as monopolization and pricing standards. The financial business information site Investopedia defined it this way: “Antitrust laws are regulations that monitor the distribution of economic power in business, making sure that healthy competition is allowed to flourish and economies can grow.”

Getting back to that probe from the Attorney General, one story said: “the Justice Department intends to investigate Facebook Inc. after prodding from U.S. Attorney General William Barr… over whether it has harmed competition in violation of antitrust laws.” This looks even more credible and reasonable in light of Facebook’s recent acquisition of What’s App and Instagram.

We shudder to think that a few controlling bodies could dominate the online world of dating and gaming! How frightening it would be if a small group could control so many relationships or impact the pricing for gamers and gaming packages – scary isn’t it? The Attorney General certainly hasn’t thought twice about the influence and power of so many in the hands of so few but is honed in on making sure other social media competitors have a chance.

Barr probably isn’t at all concerned by the idea that 80% of the voters – sorry, we meant U.S. population is plugged into some type of social media outlet. It is more likely, however, that the AG has some concern about the impact that 224 million daters and gamers could have on the elect – sorry, we mean economy than anything else, right? And of course, that those other social media companies have a chance to compete.

Social media is a major player in shaping views and opinions in society today. It is, as President Trump has shown us, a platform from which those with a voice can use to speak – to many. So long as that speech is free, unaltered and that platform is offered freely, there is no worry. So long as those who run, administer, and control those platforms are monitored, watched and regulated.

The Attorney General William Barr is starting an investigation into companies like Facebook and the social media world, for the good of competition – along with 224 million other good reasons.

552 thoughts on “AG William Barr has 224 Million Reasons to Investigate Social Media Powers

  1. Government control always corrupts. A saying that is pertinent is that power corrupts & absolute power corrupts absolutely; the only exception being the all powerful Righteous, Living God.

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  2. I agree with him doing the investigation. I’ve had things that I have posted on different social media websites removed because it doesn’t fit their agenda. Such as, when Trump was running for office, I made a comment that with his business knowledge, maybe he can open up the economy for the up and coming generation and that got me banned from different websites.

  3. Free speech is essential in a truly free republic such as ours. It is a cornerstone of our Constitution. FaceBook and Google (that means all of the other website they own too, such as SnapChat and YouTube) have and still are limited the speech of 80% of our society. This is dangerous and should be illegal, if it isn’t. It must be stopped.

    1. In addition George Soros is buying interest in all forms of media using different organizations to cover his control to bring down our country. He recently bought interest in Fox news and many of the programs are spouting liberal views, such as Chris Matthews.

  4. Our Attorney General William Barr has a hard job but I have faith that his tenacity will prove to be the best for all of us that are or have had our voice, our right tampered with. We have had information, true information, squashed and eliminated. The left is out of control and the men that own social medias are corrupt. Let us keep Mr. Barr in our thoughts and pray God gives him strength to continue.

  5. I continue to say scream all your bias crap! But when you can’t report the real news and inform the public with the truth and real dangers, because of your political bias that is a problem, and its away of covering up. Murdering Babies born alive is a crime PERIOD! 4 illegals raping a 10 year old Child is a crime PERIOD! ANTIFA terrorizing elderly, women, children small & weak citizens is a crime PERIOD! AND Adam Schiff should have to pay for setting on his high and mighty sanctimonious PEDESTAL and lying before Congress interpretation is not his job! Talk about a double standards and hypocrisy. The Dem Congress has become nothing more than a bunch of Feckless Condescending Master Manipulator’s. Thanks for listening Miss Evie

  6. I always thought freedom of the press meant a voice for all Americans not just the “chosen by a few” of our society. It should be for all opinions not just the present rage . If the media had there recent rules in the 1770s we would be Canada not the US and I believe a lot of those who express the lack of freedom of speech would back that up. I was a US Marine and like Canada but we know that they are not us and we are not them. I am an American and dam proud. Give us our rites and not let those who think they know more than all Americans to lose there voice for a year and see how they react

  7. It’s an extremely important issue that the owners of these so-called social media giants not be allowed to control political or social relationships to progress their own ideologies and political views. We are witnessing these activities as I write this and it is totally unfair and almost on the verge of being criminal.

  8. If A.G. William Barr does break up these media corporations, that will put a huge target right between the eyes of this man, at least figuratively, but highly likely also physically.

    This political and media frenzy against Trump is driven mostly by the NYT and WaPo
    The Nazi’s in Germany could learn from these two shady ‘fake news’ outlets.
    The left wing mob will not retreat from their goal to enact NAZI-Party conditions in these nation

  9. Hey, Beto, Why don’t you come and take mine, I’ll make sure I’m
    home to give you the appropriate number welcome!! In closing, last thought, shut up!! No one cares what you say or think. Your national image is that of a Nitt Witt!!

  10. Mr. Barr, whereas I think it is important that investigations of FB and all social media world is good and necessary according to our Constitution. However, what’s your take on the lawlessness of the Democrat Party who attacks President Trump on an hourly basis, and in most cases liberal judges block every move he makes and we hear NOTHING (Zero) from your office to stop it. It IS AGAINST THE LAW for what these criminal Dems are doing will effect future POTUS’s. Are you a Globalist Elite and are for the group of people who want the New World Order, or are you on We the People’s side with Trump leading us, or what? You worked for Bush W. and know he indeed is a Globalist Elite, which one are you for, it looks like you are for the Global Elite class, otherwise you would take care of the lawless attacks against President Trump which will affect all future POTUS’s. We the people have the right to know.

  11. Lock HILLARY & crew, Comey & crew, Obama & crew, Biden & crew, and Cheryl Mills, Susan Rice, Huma Aberdin, etc up at Gitmo. We want our DOJ/FBI washed clean with Justice!
    Then, concentrate on the social & main stream mediums.

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