Censorship as Profit Centre

From Quillette, A Single Global Standard for Internet Content Regulation Is a Recipe for Censorship

Perversely, tech giants such as Facebook and Google may actually benefit from online censorship, which may explain why Zuckerberg seems willing to compromise the freedoms he relied upon to build his empire. The enforcement of a standardized global content regulation scheme would create a formidable barrier to entry for potential competitors, as compliance would require either armies of censors, or large-scale software systems, or both. Zuckerberg has admitted as much, albeit not in so many words. In his testimony to Congress, he noted that “when you add more rules that companies need to follow, that’s something that larger companies like ours just has the resources to go do and it just might be harder for a smaller company just getting started to comply with.”

This would hardly be the first time in history that market incumbents with a monopoly on communication technology lobbied for censorship. The aforementioned English Licensing Act of 1662 gave England’s private Stationer’s Company a monopoly on the publication of books—which meant that the company also had to police the licensing, trading and production of print to ensure that English laws against seditious libel, blasphemy and heresy were respected. Naturally, the Stationer’s Company was among the most vocal supporters of licensing.

And now you know why Google, Facebook, et al are so eager to establish censorship: raising up barriers to entry helps to limit and restrict competition.

“It’s all about the dollars.”

Interestingly, this is also true in China, where major businesses prefer to have their market fenced off from competition.

Even more interestingly, US corporations are starting to censor content in the US to appease China.

“It’s all about the dollars.”

… and against the truth.

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