Dissidents warn of an impending Orwellian dystopia, but for those not so impertinent as to conspicuously challenge the prevailing order, Huxley was probably closer to the mark. From Reuters-Ipsos polling, perceptions of some of the largest social media companies in the US (favorable/unfavorable ratings each combine “leans towards”, “somewhat”, and “very”):
Even Twitter, the most contentious of the platforms–the one that provides a direct window into the uninhibited ids of hundreds of millions–is mostly viewed favorably.
The initial intention was to break responses out demographically, but favorable sentiment so utterly dominates across categories that doing so doesn’t provide much insight.
Little wonder Google–or was it Amazon? I forget, maybe it was both–didn’t even bother sending a senior executive to partake in dog and pony show in front of Congress. The public loves the tech oligarchy. Congress on the other hand? Not so much.
As libertarians are fond of reminding us, the tech giants are private companies that provide cheap services for. Nothing wrong with voluntarist overlords, after all. So sit back and enjoy!