One reason for the tech industry’s statesmanship strategy is necessity. By their nature, tech firms are more likely than others to be operating in areas?such as the on-demand economy?in which regulation is dated or inchoate. Another is that, with their huge constituencies, some have started to look less like businesses and more like countries. Facebook has 1.6 billion users, more than the population of China. Apple has sold more than 1 billion devices. Last year it had revenues of $234 billion, which is more than those of most governments.
Many people feel a closer relationship with tech firms than with their governments; tweaks to their interfaces and algorithms can have an instant impact on users’ lives. People now trust businesses more than their governments, according to surveys by Edelman, a PR agency. Firms like Google and Facebook have taken over the role of disseminators of information that governments once claimed.
from Economist Feb.27,2016