“Concentration in the digital advertising market has pushed local journalism to the verge of extinction” 

That's the first thing they came up with? I'm sad to see how disconnected our officials are from the real issues at hand.

NYTimes: House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media
House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media nyti.ms/2EY9JST


Local journalism is so often based on social media, and readers are lazy and prefer the echo chamber of their online friends.

Following news and filtering content requires effort.

In the age where we have "personal assistants" who are fighting over who's telling us the weather in the morning, why would I waste my time looking and paying for a weather news in the local news outlet?

But that's not something you can blame tech for. And comfort is not something you can sue for.

Local journalism, while important, is not the main issue at hand.

The main issues is how these companies handle our most personal data. There should be regulations to how safe they are, how reliable, and of course, if they are transparent enough through their endless wall of TOS text.

But having that data available might just be too comfortable for these officials to risk. I'm sure the big tech companies make sure of that, too.

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