1) There are legitimate competition arguments for breaking up FB.
2) Breaking up FB does not magically solve the underlying problems.
3) This issue highlights fundamental contradictions in left-ish criticism of tech.
The fact that FB-IG or GOOG-YT would never be approved today is already a big pro-competition change.
I discussed some of the trade-offs last year:
- The desire for privacy and anonymity versus the safety benefits of active policing by social networks.
- Free expression versus safety and control.
"These companies are too powerful, and I want that power used to squash others' speech."
"These companies should protect our data, but also share it to allow for competition."
"Tech platforms should censor speech exactly how I personally want" is not a reasonable, adult approach to this problem.
Lawmakers should use competition policy to create room for more competition. Using it to magically solve fundamental trade-offs is bound to leave them and their constituents disappointed.