Former President Trump announced yesterday that he filed a class action lawsuit against tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, along with their respective CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai.
One day since, thousands of average Americans have signed up to join the suit.
While most major media outlets state the lawsuit is dead on arrival, a February Gallop Poll should cause concern for the tech giants.
Highlights taken from the poll show:
- Positive views of Big Tech have fallen from 46% in August 2019 to 34% now
- 57% want more government regulation of technology companies, up nine points
- Republicans’ negative ratings have risen from 37% to 65%
MyrtleBeachSC News is finding these same type responses from Horry County residents locally from what is one of the most conservative counties in America.
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Republicans’ and Independents’ Shifting Views of Technology Companies
Republicans and, to a lesser degree, independents have much bleaker views of Big Tech now than they did in August 2019. Republicans’ 37% negative rating in 2019 has grown to 65% and independents’ has risen from 33% to 44%. As a result, independents and Republicans now hold net-negative views of Big Tech, in contrast to their slightly more positive than negative evaluations in 2019.
At the same time, Democrats’ ratings are basically unchanged, with 49% positive, 21% neutral and 30% negative.
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We are hearing comments like these more and more from Horry County residents.
While big tech is likely to win this class action suit, over-reach and consumer discontent are issues the giants may want to consider moving forward.
In business, trust is everything.