The identification and measurement of market power and entry barriers, and the evaluation of collusive, exclusionary, or predatory conduct or conduct violating FTC-enforced consumer protection statutes, in markets featuring ?platform? businesses #FTC-2018

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0050-D-0017
Commenter:
Vicktorya Stone
State:
Massachusetts
Initiative Name:
The identification and measurement of market power and entry barriers, and the evaluation of collusive, exclusionary, or predatory conduct or conduct violating FTC-enforced consumer protection statutes, in markets featuring ?platform? businesses
Regarding item 3. "... the evaluation of collusive, exclusionary, or predatory conduct or conduct that violates the consumer protection statutes enforced by the FTC, in markets featuring platform businesses. Of particular interest to the Commission: whether the platform business model has unique implications for antitrust and consumer protection law enforcement and policy; ... " The so-called social media 'platforms', such as Facebook and Twitter, have demonstrated bias or censorship of unpopular speech (violation of First Amendment). They appear to be functioning in two manners: 1. As a platform - for the topics, issues, or individuals and groups they (their bias) supports. 2. As a publisher - for the topics, issues, or individuals and groups that they wish to quiet. Continually, for over ten years that I have experienced, on twitter and Facebook, 'unpopular' posts or tweets or accounts are eliminated, or otherwise diminished -- thus silencing free speech. The large social media sites have become more like utilities - like a telephone or transportation company - for the entire world. Selectively imposing 'publisher-like' controls on certain users on their platforms is in violation of current regulations. Review and revision of the platform or publisher definition of the large social media mega-corporations must be taken soon so that the free flow of information, without bias, can be effected.