Roger Stone Accuses Facebook, Twitter of Racketeering

Embattled former Trump advisor Roger Stone is calling for regulation of social media.
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Roger Stone, the headline grabbing political operative at the center of the investigation of Wikileaks and Russia, had some choice words for Facebook (FB) - Get Report and Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report executives in a Street Exclusive interview.

"It's antitrust, it violates the antitrust laws. It's racketeering. It's collusion," the political provocateur told TheStreet. "I think the justice department should proceed. I am against censorship of anybody for anything. I don't care how far left or how politically radical you are. I think everybody should have a voice, let the public decide."

He added that congressman like Jerry Nadler, a democrat from New York, are "conmen" and are beholden to donors like Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report .

Nadler made headlines for his defense of Alphabet in December at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that questioned Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on his company's practices.

"Before we delve into these questions, I must first dispense with a completely illegitimate issue, which is the fantasy dreamed up by some conservatives that Google and other online platforms have an anti-conservative bias," Nadler said. "Even if Google were deliberately discriminating against conservative viewpoints, just as Fox News, Sinclair Broadcasting, and conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh discriminate against liberal points of view, that would be its right as a private company."

According to Open Secrets, Nadler's top donor in 2017 and 2018 was indeed Alphabet, Inc.

"He's a joke," Stone commented, with his typically sharp tongue.

Stone added that Twitter specifically breached a contract with him based on his payments to Twitter for promoting content.

"As a free-market conservative, I don't like the idea of regulation, but unfortunately I've come to the view that, like a public utility, they must be regulated," Stone said. "They say 'we're the town square', but you can't come to the town square."

Still, Stone was pessimistic on the idea of these major players losing market share and being knocked from their prominent perch.

"It's very hard for anybody else to get any traction," he said. "Consumer habits tend to continue."

For the full interview with Stone including some incendiary comments on Elizabeth Warren, Jerome Powell, and CNN click here.