I can’t argue your point about offering solutions. I’m working on a column right now about that very thing. But tech companies won’t like them, because they involve regulation, and acknowledgment of the fact that the platform dodge (we’re neutral, we can’t be responsible for what’s done with our tools) is no longer a viable defense.

There are not statistics for what is an editorial observation: At the moment, Facebook and Google are in the cross hairs of not only the man responsible for the most important investigation since Watergate, but also dozens of sitting Congresspeople, pretty much every tech journalist worth their salt, FEC Commissioners, European regulators, my mother’s cousin’s uncle….you name it. Yes, my writing evoked hyperbole. But damn, I’m not sure it was as much as is warranted….

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