Google ‘Coming After Critics’ in Academia and Journalism, ‘Forming Into a Government of Itself’

About 10 years ago, Tim Wu, the Columbia Law professor who coined the term network neutrality, made this prescient comment: “To love Google, you have to be a little bit of a monarchist, you have to have faith in the way people traditionally felt about the king.”

Wu was right. And now, Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    There are anti-trust laws, right?

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s pretty funny watching a failed pro Hillary NY liberal politician who changed parties more than once to run on ever more insane left wing platforms (Zephyr Teachout), write, in the insanely left wing WaPo about a left wing behemoth, Google, attacking left wing groups for being insufficiently left wing. There is clearly no truth in any of this and her complaints have more to do with competition between Google and Amazon over who will be our God.

  • Alain

    When totalitarian regimes can get Google/Facebook/Twitter to comply with their censorship in order to do business there, why can the American government not demand that Google respect the law of free speech in order to do business there? That seems to me to be pretty basic even if there is no willingness to apply anti-trust laws.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Those companies might have mottos like don’t be evil.
      But, their real motto is don’t leave money on the table.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Dump Google, Youtube, Twitter, and other want to be information bottlenecks, like they’re radioactive, hot rocks. Do it now ,and let them marvel at where and how fast all the money went away.

  • Reader

    Maybe it’s time to remake the movie The President’s Analyst, but replace the telephone company in the original movie with Google?

    Of course then it would no longer be a comedy, but a documentary.

  • Luke

    Stop the Government from spying on everybody. The more we use Google the more powerful they become, There is so many alternatives, Lookseek.com Lukol Gibiru so why are we so in love with google that we can’t use anybody else.