It’s important to understand that Facebook and Google decided for a political solution, rather than a technical solution. They wanted to avoid a direct confrontation with President Trump,” Wilson said.
Today, sophisticated algorithms (often AI-optimized) drive digital media distribution and advertising with limited human intervention.
Political operatives from both parties noted there were few official actions that Trump would be able to take to crack down on Silicon Valley.
Eric Wilson, a Republican digital strategist, said large social-media companies have for years ignored warnings of the dangers that their platforms pose to the real world. “They finally unfortunately saw that yesterday,” he said.
This episode highlights the importance of a campaign, political party, or issue group owning an audience of supporters, through email, text messaging, or website.
Republicans, on the other hand, have failed to diversify sufficiently beyond paid messaging like TV, online advertising, and mail.