Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted his unhappiness that Google search results seemed to be favoring sources critical of the president. His chief economic adviser suggested that the administration “is taking a look at whether Google searches should be regulated.”
This is the same administration that has continuously touted its record on deregulation. Trump claimed in December that his administration had repealed 22 regulations for every new one it has issued (a claim that has since been debunked). Nearly every time that President Trump brags about the economy, he cites the tax bill passed last year and deregulation. Why all of a sudden is he so eager to regulate one of the major drivers of the good economy, the technology sector?