Steve DelBianco joins Jim Blasingame to report that only single digit responses from 1200 consumers polled indicate they want government restrictions on the activities of tech firms.
Steve DelBianco joins Jim Blasingame to report on a recent Zogby survey of consumers’ sentiment regarding government regulation of big technology companies.
From: Zogby Analytics
To: Interested Parties
Date: Sept 12, 2018
Subject: Americans supportive of ad-funded tech platforms; believe US regulatory focus should be elsewhere
From August 6-8, Zogby Analytics conducted an interactive survey of 1,222 adults focused on consumer attitudes toward Internet platforms and government attempts at regulation. The survey, commissioned by NetChoice, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.
Americans believe that Internet platforms enable small businesses to expand their reach and to better target consumers.
- Over half (58%) of consumers and nearly 3 in 4 (73%) of those aged 18-24 have discovered small businesses they had not previously known using social media.
- 77% say digital ads are valuable for small businesses and 70% say digital advertising platforms are valuable to the national economy
- 72% say that apps like Google and Facebook enable them to be in better touch with their community.
Carl Szabo, general counsel of the trade group NetChoice, added: “Conservative values are centered around the idea that businesses should be allowed to do what they think is best for their customers, and that’s exactly what these companies are doing.”
Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel of the trade association NetChoice, said that his fellow conservatives’ push for more oversight of digital platforms is ill-conceived.
“Conservative values are centered around the idea that businesses should be allowed to do what they think is best for their customers, and that’s exactly what these companies are doing,” said Szabo. Facebook and Google are members of NetChoice.
Carl Szabo — general counsel for NetChoice, a trade association representing Facebook, Google and other Big Tech entities — argued in TheDC that conservatives don’t have free speech on social media platforms.
According to Szabo, the core conservative principles of limited government and opposition to state interference in private enterprise should preclude the Right from showing any concern over social media censorship. (RELATED: SORRY CONSERVATIVES: You Don’t Have Free Speech On Facebook Or Twitter)
“Santa Monica was too clever by half with this ordinance. They are saying, ‘We aren’t controlling what you can say or list, but we are making it so that, if you take a nickel for anything that is booked, you’re liable, including jail time, if the host misrepresents the license,’ ” Steve DelBianco, the president and CEO of NetChoice, told CO.
“The ordinance is like holding a commercial leasing broker responsible if a restaurant tenant lied about having a business license to the point of the leasing broker spending six months in jail due to the restaurant tenant misrepresenting the tenets of their license.”