After a good deal of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday it was opening a broad and sweeping antitrust review of some of Big Tech’s biggest firms. While the department didn’t mention any names, the Wall Street Journal reported it was acting on “new Washington threats” from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. It is the boldest action yet against the Silicon Valley giants, and comes off the heels of a rocky week on Capitol Hill. The announcement is sure to attract praise from the likes of both Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)— for different reasons.
Portland’s street-brawling season began with a bang on Saturday. Dueling right- and left-wing protesters took to downtown this past weekend, and the usual carnage ensued. Portland police, tasked with keeping the two belligerents separated, were unsuccessful in doing so. When the tear gas cleared, three people were arrested, eight were injured, and the right blasted the police, and the city, for allowing the violence to occur. Spray, rinse, repeat.
Facebook made headlines Thursday, banning several media personalities from their social media platforms, calling them “dangerous.” That is, multiple media outlets reported the bans before they actually took place. Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan, Paul Joseph Watson, and Infowars creator Alex Jones still had control of their Facebook and Instagram accounts several hours after their bans were reported by the press.
Infowars’ status as a proscribed entity seems particularly unique. In a move usually reserved for terrorist organizations, all official and unofficial pages and content has been removed. Infowars content posted by ordinary users will be removed. Repeat violators of this policy will themselves be banned.