The Contradictions of Platform Regulation

43 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2021 Last revised: 16 Mar 2021

Date Written: February 3, 2021

Abstract

Everyone wants to regulate the big tech companies. The desire to regulate the private actors that control so much of our lives is understandable, and some ideas for regulation make sense. But the political consensus around regulating the tech industry is illusory. While everyone wants to regulate big tech, it turns out that they want to do so in very different, indeed contradictory, ways.

These contradictions of platform regulation mean that it will be very hard to turn anti-tech popular sentiment into actual regulation, because the actual regulations some people want are anathema to others. They suggest caution in imposing regulation and an awareness of the difficult tradeoffs that are involved. But they also suggest a way forward: introducing competition to reduce the influence the tech giants have over our lives.


Suggested Citation

Lemley, Mark A., The Contradictions of Platform Regulation (February 3, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3778909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3778909

Mark A. Lemley (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

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