29 May 2020
President Donald Trump took aim at section 230 of the Communications Decency Act on Thursday, signing an executive order that directs the Federal Communications Commission to make rules limiting liability protection for platform operators that remove or edit content. Senator Joshua Hawley, a frequent critic of technology companies, connected the controversy to concerns about online advertising dominance. Google’s digital advertising business is reportedly a focus of the Department of Justice’s antitrust probe of the company. “Gotta remember that the key to #BigTech dominance/monopoly is advertising,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. We also have an update on the DOJ’s intervention in a satellite communications deal and a response from the arbitrator accused of ruling in Uber’s favour out of fear.