Axios: Advocacy group targets Facebook’s and Google’s ad model

June 10, 2020 Media

Facebook and Google should be broken up and stripped of their liability shield if they continue to sell advertising, argues progressive think tank the American Economic Liberties Project in a policy brief out Wednesday.

The big picture: The report ties together three major threads of the techlash: the idea that tech giants are too big; the concern that they harvest too much private data; and the threat to rein them in by taking away their broad legal immunity.

Details: The brief blames Facebook’s and Google’s ad-driven business model for the recent spread of conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric on their platforms following the police killing of George Floyd.