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Elizabeth Warren takes aim at big tech: Amazon, Google, Facebook

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The senator and presidential hopeful made the call in a blog post on Friday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, announced on Friday a plan to break up large technology companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

The Massachusetts senator made her case in a blog post on Medium.

“Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy,” Warren said in the post. “They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”

Warren said she hoped to pass legislation that would designate large tech platforms as “platform utilities” that would not be allowed to own both the platform and “any participants on that platform.” They would also, according to the senator’s plan, be required to meet certain nondiscriminatory practices and not be allowed to share data with third parties.

The threshold for becoming a “platform utility” would be a company with annual global revenue of more than $25 million, she wrote.

Warren also called for “unwinding” mergers such as Amazon owning Whole Foods, Facebook owning Instagram and WhatsApp, and Google owning Waze, Nest, and DoubleClick.

“We must ensure that today’s tech giants do not crowd out potential competitors, smother the next generation of great tech companies, and wield so much power that they can undermine our democracy,” she wrote.

You can read all of Warren’s Medium post here.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).