Are Fears Over Facebook and Other Big Tech Companies Overblown? | Video

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Are Fears Over Facebook and Other Big Tech Companies Overblown? | Video

Are concerns over Big Tech’s outsize influence on our day-to-day lives overblown? Reason Magazine Senior Editor Robby Soave thinks so — and it’s the focus of his upcoming book, “Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future,” to be published by Simon & Schuster on September 28. “Obviously, new technology and new communication platforms pose new challenges, so I’m not making the claim there’s nothing wrong with social media or there are no problems to address,” Soave told TheWrap’s tech reporter Sean Burch. “But I think the history of moral panics over new methods of communication should make us skeptical this is so bad [that] it’s an apocalypse.” Soave made it clear he’s not a fan of every censorship decision that Facebook and YouTube make. But at the same time, he said, there isn’t much that can be done about it. “At the end of the day, these are private companies making decisions that are well within their rights on what kind of content they want on their platforms,” Soave said. “So I may disagree with it, but there’s no policy to address it — it’s impossible under the First Amendment.” Soave’s book comes at a time when...

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