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Former Google Employee Calls Out the Dangerous 'Overreach' of the Search Giant and Why It's Important to 'Fight Monopolies' Like Google

Fr. Mark Hodges : Oct 10, 2017  LifeSiteNews.com

"Google's actions make it more important than ever that we stand up to fight monopolies. At the end of the day, this is about freedom." -Zephyr Teachout

(Washington, DC)—[LifeSiteNews.com] Online social media monopolies like Facebook and search engine companies such as Google threaten American democracy by censoring free speech and thought, according to a researcher fired by Google. (Photo: Creative Commons/via Pixabay)

Many Christian groups and other conservatives have complained that Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, PayPal and Google ban politically incorrect speech, forbid ads, take videos off their platforms, disallow donations, and even remove group pages in the name of "violation of policy."

"Google, Facebook and to certain degrees also Amazon have captured the flow of information and ideas between citizen and citizen," former New America Foundation senior fellow Barry C. Lynn announced. "Our ability to communicate freely with one another in this country, which is the primary basis for being able to protect our democracy, is now threatened in very real ways today."

Lynn isn't the only one pointing out the increasing tyranny of social media giants. Zephyr Teachout, a former colleague of Lynn's at NAF, warned that Google was "coming after critics in academia and journalism" and "forming into a government of itself ... incapable of even seeing its own overreach."

"Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power," Teachout wrote in The Washington Post. "It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent."

A popular Google slogan is "Don't be evil." Teachout says Google has become what it warns others against. "It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do," she penned. "Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent."

Teachout advocates that citizens demand enforcement of antitrust laws against monopolies. She said "great, innovative companies" should not be allowed "to govern us"...

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