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Guest Opinion: Journalism is Gasping for Air Under Big Tech Enforcement

from Deseret News

For decades, the U.S. government used antitrust laws to limit and constrain the news business. Believe it or not, it actually stopped the sale of the Orange County Register in 2016 out of fears of a "monopoly over newspaper sales." But enforcement in media goes only one way, and Big Tech has been allowed to strangle journalism in violation of long-standing antitrust principles. Since the 1970s, antitrust law has been focused on the "consumer welfare standard." This is the idea that business concentration doesn’t matter as long as consumers aren’t harmed. But under this standard, too much attention has been paid to monetary costs, and not enough to the other kinds of harms that result from a lack of competition. more

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