Elizabeth Warren reveals her big tech break-up plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event

Such companies have bulldozed the competition, she said, adding that they've used our private information for profit, hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.

It would be prohibited from owning both the platform utility and any participants on that platform, and owners would be required to meet fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory dealing standards with users.

Facebook spokeswoman Monique Hall said the company had no comment on Warren's proposal. The government's antitrust case against Microsoft helpedclear a path for Internet companies like Google and Facebook to emerge. Called "Platform Utilities", these firms would not be allowed to own an online marketplace and sell their own products on it. Amazon Marketplace and its AmazonBasic brand is an example. First, the Democratic lawmaker said her administration would appoint "regulators committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers", including Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods, Facebook's tie-up with

Elizabeth Warren with an American flag as her backdrop speaks to local supporters in NY.

Elizabeth Warren unveiled a proposal on Friday to break up the country's biggest technology companies - which she referred to as "monopolies".

Separating Google's ad business from its Search function, for example, would make Google ads - on which the company depends for almost all of its revenue - much less valuable.

"Sen. Warren's proposal would increase prices for consumers, make search and maps less useful, and raise costs to small businesses that advertise online".

Warren's plan reportedly received praise from technology regulation and privacy scholars such as Siva Vaidhyanathan and Frank Pasquale.




We contacted Amazon, Google, and Facebook about Warren's plan.

Warren argued in her post on the blog platform Medium that the big tech companies have risen to dominance, in part, by buying up potential competitors.

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota used her presidential campaign launch speech to vow action on digital issues like privacy, saying "big tech companies" misuse personal data.

"Sen. Warren is wrong in her assertion that tech markets lack competition".

Notably, Warren's plan did not call out Apple, a tech company that has frequently been named the most valuable publicly traded company in the U.S. When asked, a spokesperson for Warren's campaign said Apple was indeed targeted by the policy. She's also competing directly with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the votes of the party's progressive wing, a key constituency in the months-long series of caucuses and primaries leading to the nomination.

President Trump said in August that he believed tech companies are in an "antitrust situation", but he was more concerned about organizations capturing information from their users.

Facebook would have to split off WhatsApp and Instagram, and Google would have to unwind itself from Nest, Waze and DoubleClick. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has largely been willing to embrace the big tech giants.

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