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NYT: Tech Crackdowns Are Only Bad When Other Countries Do Them

Added 04-20-21 03:21:01pm EST - “By invoking the magic of good intentions, the Times justifies the U.S. acting like Russia and China.” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “NYT: Tech Crackdowns Are Only Bad When Other Countries Do Them”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown | 4.20.2021 3:15 PM

When they do it, it's suppressing civil liberties. When we do it, it's safeguarding democracy. That's the stance developing around regulation of tech companies and, by extension, online speech.

This attitude abounds in today's elite media and political spheres—alongside a bizarre reverence for the fact that more authoritarian leaders are regulating tech entities in ways that U.S. officials can't (or at least not yet). Today's New York Times piece on "reining in tech" is truly a masterpiece of the genre.

"Around the world, governments are moving simultaneously to limit the power of tech companies with an urgency and breadth that no single industry had experienced before," notes the Times. University of Michigan law professor Daniel Crane told the paper that it's "unprecedented to see this kind of parallel struggle globally."

Shouldn't it give us pause when we're engaging in the same regulatory crackdowns as these not-so-freedom-friendly regimes? How can any American earnestly suggest that we follow Communist China's lead on these matters? How can anyone claim with a straight face that the identical activity is a boon for democracy when the U.S. does it but is an authoritarian outrage when other nations do the same?

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