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February 7, 2021

Here’s a fantastic proposal by Mark Tapscott at PJ Media that would not only rein in the too-big-and-powerful tech companies, it would also put money in all our pockets:

Make them pay us our share of the profits they make from selling our personal data, which should belong only to us.

Tapscott compares this to the music industry, where artists and songwriters must be paid royalties whenever anyone uses their creations to make profits.

Tapscott suggests changing the law so that 90% of the profits generated from selling our data would be redistributed back to all Americans (Democrats should like that because it has the phrase “redistributing wealth” in it.) That means that instead of raking in a combined $130 billion in ad revenue last year, Google, Facebook and Twitter would have to scrape by on just $13 billion. The rest would be evenly divided between all of us, who provided them with the data that they sold to make that profit. It would be a big help to all the people in radio, TV and print who’ve lost their jobs or taken pay cuts because those three companies are soaking up so much ad revenue.

Of course, the stockholders of those companies would not be happy, but maybe this will serve as a warning that they need to order their executives to prioritize shareholder profits and customer service over pushing their radical left political views.

Tapscott’s proposal sounds much fairer (“fair” is another word Democrats claim to love), although Democrats might not love the fact that it would leave these tech companies with a lot less money to interfere in our elections and make it harder for them to try to censor, slander and cancel half their customer base. To me, that would be an even bigger bonus than the annual royalty check.


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  • Shaun Quayle

    02/09/2021 03:54 PM

    Great idea and make them back pay us too??

  • Stacey Salisbury

    02/08/2021 01:44 PM

    Whoa! This is a great idea. Considering I have had you in my FB likes for several years but was not shown even *one* of your posts during the last nine months of 2020 - even after I fact checked that you were “liked” in August, the censoring, political propaganda & canceling of Conservative voices is easy to prove How much more money could they have made actually showing me articles & ads I’m interested in? (And how much could I have been reimbursed for the use of my info?) I count on your daily newsletter (delivered to email??) for keeping me informed. Thank you!

  • Graham Jarrett

    02/07/2021 04:16 PM

    While this story is interesting. Could the Governor comment on the article in pjmedia and the story in Time magazine. This is the most awful of all.... the time article is linked in the PJMedia story.


    02/07/2021 12:32 PM


  • Tammy Kirby

    02/07/2021 11:55 AM

    I really hope that someone will push this idea to a point where it is going to happen. So much is talked about. We the people need ACTION

  • David Klier

    02/07/2021 11:23 AM

    Great idea