The Economist – Big technology firms are newly in the hot seat at home

SESTA is viewed by some as capable of fundamentally changing the internet. Many of the big tech companies are vociferously opposed, but feel as though they cannot reasonably object given the prima facie goal of the legislation.

September 21, 2017

‘ANTITRUST, privacy, hate speech—whenever the European Union tries to rein in tech giants, Americans accuse it of protectionism. That argument has always been simplistic, but now it is harder to make; scarcely a week passes in Washington when companies like Apple and Google are not in politicians’ crosshairs.

The latest target is Facebook. Earlier this month the firm revealed that 470 accounts that appeared to be controlled from Russia had bought advertisements worth a total of $100,000 on the social network between June 2015 and May 2017. Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, said they aimed at “amplifying divisive social and political messages”.’

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