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The ProblemNo corporations should have this much power.

For too long, Big Tech corporations have abused their power as gatekeepers of information, communications, and commerce. They have exploited their market dominance and our outdated antitrust laws to acquire and kill competitors, crush small businesses and news publishers, enforce punishing working conditions, surveil and profile people, and manipulate public discourse and undermine democracy.

Today, Big Tech corporations function as virtual monopolies, exercising greater and greater control over our lives. Growing richer, more powerful, and more ubiquitous, they operate with increasing impunity – abusing workers, bullying regulators, and antagonizing customers.

Amazon cornered the online market and uses its dominance to crush smaller competitors.

Amazon’s stranglehold over the digital economy is one of the top threats facing independent businesses. Amazon imposes high fees on sellers, blocks sellers from offering lower prices on other sites, bars sellers from having a direct relationship with customers, and shuts down businesses without due process.

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/23/business/amazon-the-brand-buster.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-scooped-up-data-from-its-own-sellers-to-launch-competing-products-11587650015

https://www.propublica.org/article/amazons-new-competitive-advantage-putting-its-own-products-first

Facebook has bought up businesses to cement its monopoly.

“It is better to buy than compete” according to Mark Zuckerberg. And buy, Facebook did. Facebook has maintained its monopoly on the social media market by buying or burying any business that threatens their market share. Instagram, WhatsApp, Giphy, Onavo, Oculus, Kustomer, and CrowdTangle all started as independent businesses but are now owned by Facebook.

Sources

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/copy-acquire-kill-how-facebook-stays-on-top-w2f8lxvv6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/interactive/2021/amazon-apple-facebook-google-acquisitions/

Google elevated its own products in search results.

An independent analysis found that Google products showed up at the top of the Google search results page in a staggering 91% of tested searches. Google was even fined a record €2.4 billion by the EU for manipulating search results to demote rivals and promote their own services.

Sources

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/27/15872354/google-eu-fine-antitrust-shopping

https://www.vox.com/2017/1/19/14330498/google-boosted-own-products-search-advertising

Apple suppressed competitors in its mobile app store.

Apple makes sure its apps are displayed first — even if they’re unrelated to your search — making it hard for independent app developers to gain traction with consumers.

Source

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/09/technology/apple-app-store-competition.html

The SolutionIt's time to rein in Big Tech


New bipartisan legislation in Congress would rein in Big Tech’s societal harms and monopoly power.

Better for You

Big Tech corporations abuse their power to eliminate competition – which means they don’t have to care about your experience using their products. They have no incentive to prioritize your safety or protect your privacy. They face no consequences for the societal harms of their business decisions, like amplifying extremist content, medical misinformation, and more. They should be competing for you by building great products, not exploiting you because you have nowhere else to go.

Better for Workers

Just since the start of the pandemic, Big Tech has bought up more than 50 other companies and grown $3 trillion richer – all while workers struggled to survive. Corporate giants like Amazon use their power to underpay, surveil, and abuse workers without any accountability. And thanks to their ever-expanding dominance of the labor market, Big Tech is leading a race to the bottom across the economy, depressing wages, and workplace standards across many different industries.

Better for Small Business Owners

Facebook, Google, and Amazon now control roughly 90% of both the digital advertising and search engine markets in the U.S. and the majority of all e-commerce, effectively leaving small business owners at their mercy if they want to reach customers online. Small businesses’ fate is often in the hands of these tech giants. They are gatekeepers who rig the marketplaces they operate in with no transparency, by imposing exorbitant fees, demanding oppressive terms, and extracting valuable data from independent manufacturers and retailers that depend on its platform. These tactics often put sellers and manufacturers out of business.

Now is the timeTake Action!


Urge your Members of Congress to rein in Big Tech’s societal harms and monopoly power with new bipartisan antitrust legislation:

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