Over the course of the last few months, we have been running two distinct polls asking questions about the current legal protections offered to ‘Big Tech’ and platform businesses.
The polls, whilst not entirely scientific in terms of methodology, give an interesting insight into the thoughts and opinions of entrepreneurs and senior professionals working within the platform economy.
The results are in and unequivocal.
First up, Should platform businesses receive legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act?
Whilst, the ‘No’ result for a free vote was not much of a surprise, the clear cut nature of the result was. When drilling down and cross-referencing the answers with our member base, the numbers closed up a little, but ‘No’ still won out, with a fraction over 65% of the vote. This did surprise, as the question is quite a bit more complicated than a simple headline.
The trend of voting did not change as much as expected either. The poll took place over a 4 month period both during and immediately following the last election, when the sitting President of the United States, Donald J Trump was calling for the repeal of Section 230 on a daily basis. It hardly moved.
The second poll had few respondents; and was carried out over a 60 day period to free and premium members of Platform Executive and contacts only. It too offered potential insights into business sentiment relating to which ‘Big Tech’ player is most trusted on protecting their users free speech.
Please note that Amazon was omitted from this poll, due to product fit; and replaced with Twitter.
As the results show, their is much work to be done to convince the community that they have got their policies on free speech correct. Apple, seemed to fair best… and noting their behaviour during the US election cycle; and the contentious nature of ‘cancel culture’ on those platforms, their were no surprises that Facebook and Twitter were deemed considerably less trustworthy.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Data garnered from polls. Reporting by Rob Phillips.
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