New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced a new coalition against “a Trump administration rule that would limit work authorization for immigrants,” she said on Twitter this Monday afternoon, insisting that the rule “would virtually eliminate work authorization for tens of thousands of people, harming our immigrant communities, small businesses, and state economies.” James announced her fight against this economically damaging plan as the U.S. economy continues to struggle through the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I'm leading a coalition against a new Trump administration rule that would limit work authorization for immigrants.
This rule would virtually eliminate work authorization for tens of thousands of people, harming our immigrant communities, small businesses, and state economies.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) December 21, 2020
James is also leading coalition action against Facebook. The monolith Facebook limits the income of small businesses. It also buys them out or competes with a fully unfair advantage. Facebook is a monopoly, because it has no real competition, although, sites are cropping up to favor the small businessperson.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is taking on Mark Zuckerberg and his company as an illegal monopoly. Only two other men, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft s Bill Gates have bigger personal fortunes. She wrote:
‘Just like our lawsuit against @Facebook, today’s lawsuit should once again send a clear message to @Google and every other company Efforts to stifle competition, reduce innovation, or cut privacy protections will be met with the full force of my office.’
AG James continued:
‘We filed this lawsuit because no company should have this much unchecked power. Illegally stifling competition, reducing innovation, and cutting privacy protections won’t be tolerated.’
Mark Zuckerberg, 36, is also Facebook’s chairman and controlling shareholder. He is worth $101.8 billion, according to CNN Business:
‘Only two other men, Amazon (AMZN)’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft (MSFT)’s Bill Gates, have bigger personal fortunes.’
‘The company also noted that it had benefited as more people around the world stayed home because of the pandemic, pushing up its engagement numbers over the quarter that ended in June. Facebook shares are up almost 30% so far this year, adding $22 billion to Zuckerberg’s wealth.’
James wrote on her Attorney General page:
‘For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users. Today, we are taking action to stand up for the millions of consumers and many small businesses that have been harmed by Facebook’s illegal behavior.’
She continued, explaining the problem:
‘Instead of competing on the merits, Facebook used its power to suppress competition so it could take advantage of users and make billions by converting personal data into a cash cow. Almost every state in this nation has joined this bipartisan lawsuit because Facebook’s efforts to dominate the market were as illegal as they were harmful. Today’s suit should send a clear message to Facebook and every other company that any efforts to stifle competition, reduce innovation, or cut privacy protections will be met with the full force of our offices.’
The attorney general tweeted:
‘#BREAKING: I’m leading a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in a lawsuit against @Facebook to end its illegal monopoly. We are taking action to stand up for the millions of consumers and many small businesses that have been harmed by Facebook’s illegal behavior.’
Zuckerberg’s wealth got its latest bump as Facebook’s stock climbed 6.5% Thursday, a day after the company launched its TikTok clone, Reels, on Instagram. The release of the short video feature came just as US President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned app that has exploded in popularity over the last year.
James continued, calling the company an “unlawful monopoly:”
‘Facebook’s unlawful monopoly gives it broad discretion to set the terms for how its users’ private information is collected and used to further its business interests. When Facebook cuts off integration to third-party developers, users cannot easily move their own information — such as their lists of friends — to other social networking services. This decision forces users to either stay put or start their online lives from scratch, if they want to try an alternative.’
James continued, noting Facebook uses “the personal information” it collects:
‘Because Facebook users have nowhere else to go, the company is now able to make decisions about how to curate content on the platform and use the personal information it collects from users to further its business interests, even if those choices conflict with the interests and preferences of Facebook users.’
It gets worse. The New York AG wrote that many “protections are now gone:”
‘Additionally, while consumers initially turned to Facebook and other apps now owned by the company seeking privacy protection and control over their data — Facebook’s “secret sauce” — many of those protections are now gone.’
Twitter world went nuts. Responders went after them like a squirrel fearing winter. Check out some of our favorite ones below:
YESSSSS… 😃 pic.twitter.com/g8ZuobXQMC
— Holly Lee (@LeeHolly81) December 9, 2020
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