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This looks like this draft order is pretty wide-ranging. It covers opinion manipulation (speech) as well as the more meaty anti-trust aspect of the above companies.

Whether this administration or another has the will, remains to be seen, but it seems clear that these advertising companies up to this point have collected user data with impunity and use it with impunity.

I may be mistaken but I think people will eventually wake up from their indifference to this in the US and demand congress pass comprehensive data collection and usage reform.




It can be written as wide-ranging as they want it to be, but the Executive Branch has only the authority to enact laws passed by Congress, so unless there's some "opinion manipulation" statute none of us have heard of, the administration is going to be stuck with stuff like antitrust.

I don't know about Facebook, but Google has been preparing for antitrust investigations for over a decade.


Yes, and the Constitution is very clear that only gold and silver are to be used in payment of debts.

But here we are...

Edit for the search-deprived: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_Clause


I can see how the clause could be read that way, but if you read that clause in the context of the entire document, you'll see that it has a much narrower meaning.

For example, the contract clause also has a different part that prohibits states from coining money. In article 1, section 8, the constitution grants Congress the power to coin money. Read together, this means that a state can't issue money unless that money is backed by gold or silver.

There are some fairly weird edge cases in this rule. State banks can issue bonds, and those bonds can be privately tradeable, which is quite a lot like issuing money. However, according to the cases that Wikipedia cites, that's perfectly legal.

It's interesting how much of the Constitution is about creating an economic alliance, as much as a political or military one. Having federal bankruptcy courts, a postal system, banning tariffs on interstate trades, or a copyright system is really about creating a single common market with closely integrated economies. We don't generally think about those aspects of the Constitution, because we're so used to it.

Sources: http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/essays/general/a-brief-history-of-...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_Clause#Bills_of_credi...


That clause describes the power of the individual states, not the federal government. And unless you've seen Oklahoma trying to pay their debts in OK Bucks I think it holds true today.

The federal government is allowed to use whatever means they legislate to pay their debts.


So do those who win state contracts get paid in gold and silver?


You can literally just Google "gold and silver clause" to see that this is a Wesley Snipesian conspiracy theory. You might just as productively argue about gold-fringed admiralty flags here.


Uhh, no, it doesn't.

Edit for your edit: still doesn't.


>I may be mistaken but I think people will eventually wake up from their indifference to this in the US and demand congress pass comprehensive data collection and usage reform.

Not when those very data collection companies totally control the narrative [1].

[1] http://www.journalism.org/2017/09/07/news-use-across-social-...




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