'A common, and completely absurd, argument often given by Leftist hypocrites who support the censorship of conservative voices online is that megalith corporations like Apple and Google should be allowed to censor whomever they choose because they’re “private companies.” But this is hardly the case, as Apple and Google, which together own and control upwards of 98 percent of the mobile phone market, have become nothing short of public utilities that, as we earlier reported, have attained monopoly control over the free-flow of information online.
At the forefront of what this monopoly means for Americans’ free speech right is the recent banning of Gab, a Twitter competitor, from both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store. Since Gab officially launched its mobile apps back in August, neither Apple nor Google has agreed to make it available to either Apple or Google phone users – which means 98 percent of people are being restricted from using the Gab app because Apple and Google have decided to censor it.
In the old days, such a move would prompt swift market “discipline” in the form of new competitors to both Apple and Google rising from the ashes of these two corrupt entities. But in the internet age, this is a feat that hasn’t yet materialized – and one that’s especially difficult considering the unprecedented amount of power and control that Apple and Google have amassed in the mobile technology sector.
“What few people yet understand is that Google and Apple have used their duopoly status to revoke the First Amendment on mobile phones,” writes Aaron Renn for the New York Post.'
Read more: ORWELLIAN: How Apple and Google obliterated the First Amendment with the mobile web
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