JCPA *allows* big tech collusion with the media

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The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) was saved from legislative oblivion yesterday after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) worked with Democrats to save it, based on the false claim that which the media and Big Tech are pitted against each other. But, as pointed out by the senses. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), nothing could be further from the truth.

The Media Cartel Bill, Blackburn said in its early reviews, gives “even more power to the mainstream media and Silicon Valley. More recently, she said the bill would allow “liberal media and Silicon Valley to silence conservatives.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Flo., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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US Senator Ted Cruz (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Senator Marco Rubio, similarly, said the bill “opens the door to more collusion between big media and big tech.”

These criticisms expose a fundamental weakness in a key argument advanced by JCPA supporters, including Senator Cruz. According to them, the media and Big Tech are at odds.

In fact, the two entities have worked hand in hand for years to suppress independent media and control the flow of information on behalf of the elites. The JCPA, which would allow the media to form a joint bargaining entity to settle with Silicon Valley, only exacerbates this long-standing trend.

There was a time, fast approaching the outer limits of generational memory, when New York Times and CNN and other media titans had to compete on equal terms with independent creators.

If an independent creator got a million views overnight, that blogger would likely be on the front page of relevant Google searches and at the top of your Facebook feed.

Videos from indie creators recording from their parents’ spare bedrooms would routinely top CNN and NBC in YouTube search results.

Ordinary users could kick off Twitter hashtags and elevate them significantly, giving ordinary people unprecedented influence in the national conversation.

For a moment, it seemed like the slow, centralized dinosaur brands of mainstream media were destined for the trash, overtaken and overtaken by tens of thousands of independent voices.

That moment, which spanned the first half of the 2010s, now seems like a distant memory. Why? Because Big Tech colluded with Big Media to rig the playing field.

It doesn’t matter if the content of CNN and the New York Times is less popular organically than content from independent creators. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube will force it onto your front page, regardless of its organic momentum.

Google and Facebook do this through their prominent news tabs, where only hand-picked sources are allowed to appear.

Twitter does this via the “what’s going on” tab. Formerly a list of trending hashtags based solely on user activity, it now feeds you content from hand-picked “authoritative” news sources, as well as a few hashtags that aren’t deemed worthy. removed.

And YouTube simply adjusts its search results whenever old media complains.

On top of that, every major platform now employs armies of partisan “fact checkers”: a kind of digital stasi that hunts down alternative news sources, identifying bad thinkers so the platforms can then remove them. . Tech companies don’t even try to hide that this ecosystem is a tool for legacy media companies to suppress their competition: United States today, for example, is a fact checker on Facebook.

It’s against this background – years of collusion between Big Tech and Big Media to suppress competition from the latter – that Republicans like Ted Cruz have thrown their support behind the JCPA, which is a pass for even more collusion. This is a supreme betrayal of voters who want discredited legacy media replaced, not saved.

Perhaps the Republican senators who support this bill are hoping that their constituents are now simply immune to the betrayal. It would be a dangerous bet to make, so close to the mid-terms.

Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.

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