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Speech, Innovation, and Competition

BY | February 14, 2020

Observers contend that concentrated power in digital markets threatens free speech. At the root of this anxiety is that private companies have accrued unprecedented control over the flow of information,…

Observers contend that concentrated power in digital markets threatens free speech. At the root of this anxiety is that private companies have accrued unprecedented control over the flow of information, turning free speech into an emerging antitrust issue. Support for increasing antitrust enforcement in the marketplace of ideas has notably come from politicians, litigants, popular commentators, and even the Department of Justice. The obstacle is that courts have so far been hostile to antitrust

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