For Tech Firms, Winter Is Here

In and around Silicon Valley these days, I am often asked the same question: Do tech companies realize the regulatory heat coming for them?

The answer is yes, of course. The tech firms have been preparing for this scrutiny for years. (And true to stereotypes, one Silicon Valley insider referred to it as “Winter is coming.”)

Still, no one can deny the winds have changed. The election was a tipping point. For the first time, it illustrated how it is possible for these platforms to affect consumers adversely through the democratic process. There’s no going back from that.

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You don’t see Google CEO Sundar Pichai giving interviews or speeches on fake news or suspicious ads. But you do see the company trying to make nice with its enemies behind the scenes.