Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

U.S. government wants to break up Apple

U.S. government wants to break up Apple

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), among many other extreme ideas, is now calling for breaking up the largest technology companies, including Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc., calling them anti-competitive behemoths that are crowding out competition. Apparently, Facebook did not require the removal of its logo from the ads in order for them to be restored.

"Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy", the ads read, according to Politico.

The email also suggested that this wasn't the only example of Facebook "pulling down an ad that could be seen as critical" and asked supporters to chip in to help the campaign spread the word about the senator's proposal to break up "Big Tech". They've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.

"We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo", a Facebook spokesperson said.

The ads urged voters to go to her website to sign a petition urging them "to support our plan to break up these big tech companies". "My view is break those things apart, and we will have a much more competitive robust market in America".

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple are "platform utilities" in Warren's sights because not only do they own marketplaces, they take part in them and in doing so, undermine competition and crush small companies.

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The policy in question says that Facebook ads can not use the company's corporate logo in posts.

On Twitter, Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Facebook's initial decision to remove the ads proved her point about the company.

Without irony Warren says that the regulatory action helped clear a path for internet companies such as Google and Facebook to emerge, which suggests we're going around in circles and that the fundamentals that allow monopoly building and measures against it only after the damage is done are wrong. Others feature images and text with the the same message.

"I wanted a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor", she tweeted Monday night.

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Facebook owns other popular tech platforms, including photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp, and Warren has argued the company has become too powerful.

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