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Recently, lawyer and political analyst Douglas Schoen blasted Big Tech companies for the unfair grasp that they have on the market. Schoen, who serves on the Advisory Council of nonpartisan anti-corruption organization Represent.Us, detailed how powerful some of these companies are and how that affects the information being fed to the American public.

“It is no secret that Big Tech’s news and information monopoly has created a big problem for news publishers and content creators across the U.S.” Schoen wrote in his article on The Hill. 

“Google News, Facebook News, and analogous news aggregator sites drive a great deal of traffic to their respective sites by presenting a continuous flow of links to articles from thousands of publishers,” Schoen continued

“These aggregator websites are, in turn, able to monetize their own advertising and related products – and are able to do so without fairly compensating publishers for their material. As a result, the publishing industry has been on life support for over a decade,” Schoen added.

The Harvard and Oxford alumni offered up some solutions on what should be done to curb the overwhelming power of these Big Tech companies.

“In order to make our news and information industry both fairer and stronger, the U.S. must strengthen our antitrust laws and crack down on these monopolies,” Schoen said.

“This should involve setting stricter standards for content usage and providing a legal basis for news publishers to be able to collectively bargain with these online platforms without fear of their content being barred from the platform,” he added.

Known in Republican circles as a loyal supporter, Schoen has helped in raising funds for the party and even co-wrote a book on the Tea Party Movement with Scott Rasmussen. As a columnist Schoen has contributed to The Hill and Fox news throughout the years. In 2016, Schoen wrote his first article for Forbes titled “Donald Trump Through The Years.”

His friend former president Trump is a primary target of these Big Tech companies. Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have succeeded in censoring and banning him from their respective platforms, pushing him to file class-action lawsuits against the said companies.

“One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people. This is not only wrong, it is unconstitutional. To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop it,” Trump wrote in an article on The Wall Street Journal back in July.

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