American Tech Giants don’t want an Open Web
Facebook, Google and Twitter use the name Net Neutrality to push for a tighter, more monopolised Internet while claiming they seek to protect an open environment.
Dozens of technology companies allied Wednesday to protest against the proposal by the government of Donald Trump aimed at limiting net neutrality.
The term that seems to promote a more open web actually does exactly the opposite. It facilitates monopolies and limits information circulation on the web.
Through their respective websites, Facebook, Google, Netflix and Twitter – among others – advocate an open and free network, while calling for the regulation of Internet providers in the United States.
More than 80,000 online spaces participated in the initiative, dubbed the “Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality”. Companies displayed ads, alerts and information on the importance of an “Open Internet”.
The reaction comes almost two months after the FCC began the process of reviewing the rules governing the activities of companies providing Internet access, such as Verizon, Comcast or AT & T, which seek ever more monopolistic regulations.
Today, these tech giants do what they please with cyber infrastructure. They work closely with the spying apparatus to illegally collect private information from users. Now, they want more of that, more unlimited powers to determine who reads what, when and how.
Nowadays, content is routinely blocked if it does not serve the official rhetoric or if it does not push the companies’ agenda.
The term Net Neutrality was adopted by the tech giants to give the public the impression that they actually care for a open and free internet, when in reality is quite the opposite.
They say that Net Neutrality would maintain a balanced playing field for everyone from the smallest websites to the most crowded virtual spaces without the suppliers being able to discriminate according to their interests.
Prior to these standards, some suppliers blocked competitors’ products on the Internet, they say. In reality, Google, Facebook and Twitter are tech giants who do not want limits to their power while they do want to exercise that power against smaller competitors.
They do not want their content being limited, such as it happened in a specific case, in 2013. Then, Verizon, AT & T and T-Mobile blocked Google Wallet for competing for its online money-sending services.
Google has been found to use logarithms and other tools to block content that denounced its practices, while they themselves play the victim.
Since Ajit Pai, the president of the FCC was appointed by Trump, he announced a review process on Net Neutrality. Citizens have three months to make comments and suggestions on the entity’s website.
The FCC will vote if it changes these standards by mid-August. Meanwhile, with initiatives such as the one led by Google, Facebook and Twitter, large technology companies as well as Democratic Party figures try to prevent small sections of the net from running truly free and avoiding the complete takeover of the internet by corporations.
Twitter, in addition to promoting the hashtag #NetNeutrality, defended in his blog: “Net neutrality is fundamental for a competitive, free and enterprising market that can reach global users.
It is not required to be a great company to compete. Anyone with a great idea, a unique perspective to share and a compelling vision can get into the game.” Except that Twitter blocks users and their content while allowing terrorist organisations such as ISIS to openly publish their propaganda.
The Internet Association, a group that includes Google and Facebook, said that the current rules work and that eliminating them “would result in a worse Internet for consumers and online innovation.”
Not surprisingly, Senator and presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders, said on Twitter that “Net neutrality means that everyone has access to the same information – that the Internet remains free of any corporate control.” Once again, Sanders shows he is clueless about internet freedom.
On the contrary the Republicans applaud the elimination of the regulations, which were imposed by Barack Hussein Obama in 2015.