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Big tech businesses need to be regulated

NewViewNews · business · prompt · 11/01/2020

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The digital age has created the atmosphere for large tech companies to emerge and integrate themselves into our daily lives. Facebook provides social media and messaging apps like Whatsapp, Instagram, and Messenger that let you communicate with your friends, regardless of how far away they are. Amazon, the sole titan of the online marketplace, lets you fill your pantry, wardrobe, and office without leaving your house. Google sits at the core of these resources, with a dominating market share in video content with Youtube, browser email clients with GMail, and, of course, search engines. Finally, the device and operating system you use to access any of this, your main portal to the online world, is likely courtesy of Apple or Microsoft.

Is there a price to this convenience though? Some suggest that these companies have become too large and too powerful. Social media sites are often accused of bolstering certain perspectives while censoring others. Large retailers with diverse catalogues are often faulted for the failure of small businesses that cater to smaller niches. Corporations with many subsidiaries are condemned for allegedly violating antitrust laws. And many companies of all different kinds are criticized for how they manage an individual’s data.

Should these businesses be curtailed? Currently, there are various regulations of different types in these industries. Some think these are uncalled for while some think they aren’t enough. What do you think? For the Business section’s NewViewNovember prompt, we ask you to respond to the following statement:

Big tech businesses need to be regulated.

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Further reading for this prompt can be found in the sources section.

Sources

Wikipedia: Big Tech https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Tech

Forbes: Big Regulation Coming For Big Tech: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbirch/2020/10/12/big-regulation-coming-for-big-tech/?sh=3bf6d5d57001

Wired: Don’t Break Up Big Tech: https://www.wired.com/story/dont-break-up-big-tech

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-sues-monopolist-google-violating-antitrust-laws

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