How Big Tech could influence the US election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better

An "I Voted" sign is seen on an official ballot drop box in Los Angeles ahead of the US presidential elections in November, on Sept 12, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

(NYTIMES) - I recently wrote that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is the most powerful unelected man in America. His and the social media giant's efforts to try to combat election-related disinformation on its platform, however comforting, were merely "an admission of a great power that should make Americans uncomfortable", I said.

Some readers argued that I had it wrong. First, criticising the helpful efforts of Silicon Valley is counterproductive at a time when we need all hands on deck, they wrote. Second, I was too narrowly focused on one man. Mr Zuckerberg and Facebook are far from the only powerful entities who could, with a few executive decisions, meaningfully affect the 2020 United States presidential election.

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