How smart are the Internet giants? Here is John Conlin writing at American Thinker:
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other large internet companies have taken it upon themselves to censor and block content they find offensive. Unfortunately for some of us, they seem to find that any thought that might be described as conservative falls within this offensive category, but their actions are dangerous regardless of political leanings.
They each have their own methods of doing so, but they are trying their best to control what the public hears and sees and thereby shape what is thought. Obviously, newspapers and other media have been doing somewhat similar things for ages, but these present attempts are of a different magnitude.
Never before has any media company had this level and control of “share of mind” over billions of people. Google and Facebook and their subsidiaries (WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) control around 75% of all internet traffic and almost all advertising.
Over half of the entire world, four billion people, uses the Internet. Over 250 million people came online in just the last year! The average internet-user now spends around six hours each day using internet-powered devices and services.
The problem with their attempting to control and rig the game is that they simply aren’t as smart as they seem to think they are. What forces are they going to unleash with their manipulation and censorship in an attempt at thought control? There is no way of knowing, as the various social interactions among hundreds of millions of people are far too many and far too intricate to predict.
They are playing with fire, and the results down the road might be terrifying for all. In effect, they are unknowingly creating ripples in the normal flow of human existence – ripples that might become waves, which might crash down upon millions, if not billions of individuals.
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