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In other words, it's very likely you love Google, or are at least fond of Google, or hardly think about Google, the same way you hardly think about water systems or traffic lights or any of the other things you rely on every day. Therefore you might have been surprised when headlines began appearing last year suggesting that Google and its fellow tech giants were threatening everything from our economy to democracy itself. Lawmakers have accused Google of creating an automated advertising system so vast and subtle that hardly anyone noticed when Russian saboteurs co-opted it in the last election. Critics say Facebook exploits our addictive impulses and silos us in ideological echo chambers. Amazon’s reach is blamed for spurring a retail meltdown; Apple's economic impact is so profound it can cause market-wide gyrations. These controversies point to the growing anxiety that a small number of technology companies are now such powerful entities that they can destroy entire industries or social norms with just a few lines of computer code. Those four companies, plus Microsoft, make up America's largest sources of aggregated news, advertising, online shopping, digital entertainment and the tools of business and communication. They're also among the world's most valuable firms, with combined annual revenues of more than half a trillion dollars.

The recent focus on technology companies when it comes to corporate power is definitely warranted, but I do find it a little peculiar that it, at the same time, draws attention away from other sectors where giant corporations are possibly doing even more damage to society, like large oil companies and the environment, or the concentration of media companies.

One has to wonder if the recent aggressive focus on tech companies isn't entirely natural.

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RE: Google is not a monpoly
by walid on Mon 26th Feb 2018 22:53 UTC in reply to "Google is not a monpoly"
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A monopoly doesn't mean that they are forcing companies not to install an OS or use a search engine, it simply means that the large size of said organization makes it a very powerful defacto that can damage a market with very little effort. This applied to Microsoft and now applies to Google.

That said I don't think that breaking Google up is the answer here since the benefit of Google is actually its size. Still mandating that Google follow a different approach to showing search suggestions than choke traffic to a website when the website is negatively affected is necessary. The options that Google gives of either Google showing whatever it wants on a search page or obliterate said website from its search seems like abuse of power to me. You're either with Google or Google is against you.

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