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TECH VS THE WORLD

Silicon Valley can escape regulation from Washington but not the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks down as a break is called during his testimony before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Not his finest hour
  • Michael J. Coren
By Michael J. Coren

Climate reporter

It was Senator Elizabeth Warren’s classic campaign message: Facebook, Google and Amazon were corporate bullies trampling the public’s rights. On March 8, the presidential hopeful ran a Facebook video ad for her plan to unwind Facebook’s “anti-competitive” acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.

Days later, the ad disappeared from the social network. Facebook told Quartz it took the ad down because it featured the Facebook logo violating policies that forbid advertisers from using Facebook’s corporate trademark. The company later restored it in the interest of “robust debate.”

But Warren’s camp was already on the offensive. “Curious why I think FB has too much power?” Warren tweeted on March 11. “Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor. #BreakUpBigTech.”

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