“Warren’s Plan To Break Up Google And Facebook”
Small and disadvantaged businesses rely heavily on behemoth internet companies like Google and Facebook to help market their products and services. Whether these behemoths are in direct partnerships as a result of paid agreements, or implicit partnerships through content distribution, Google and Facebook, given their enormous powers and influence can single-handedly make or break a small and/or disadvantaged business.
Accordingly, it ought not be a surprise in that both Google and Facebook are often accused of being highly intrusive companies, and are in many respects pigeonholed as gigantic unethical spy-networks; particularly so in that both behemoths has advanced eavesdropping and snooping capabilities, and are likely exercising them to access various types of user accounts online, including private and business web-mail accounts. Moreover, there are grave concerns about Google’s Google Assistant gadgets that are parked in many U.S. citizens’ homes, about whether or not those devices are eavesdropping on private conversations. However, perhaps a great deal of Google and Facebook’s rampant snooping activities are orchestrated through systematic targeted advertisements.
An even graver concern around small and disadvantaged businesses is that Google and Facebook’s [largely] unchecked privileges, immunity, and powers to arbitrarily snoop on private and confidential communications makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for such businesses to protect their trade secrets, ideas, and other highly-sensitive content. Likewise, not only would Google and Facebook be of dire concern, but any third parties of whom they’d be affiliated, such as government and corporate alliances wherein small and disadvantaged businesses classified information might be either shared or compromised.
Due to growing public concerns over privacy matters, malicious retaliatory acts toward private citizens and businesses, market dominance, as well as Google and Facebook’s spying ambitions, there has been numerous echoes among intellectuals, privacy advocacy groups, business professionals and politicians alike about breaking up Google and Facebook to help reign in too much unfettered power. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate is one of those politicians who’ve vowed to take aim at Google and Facebook with a comprehensive plan designed to help level the playing field for small and disadvantaged businesses. Here’s an article titled “Warren’s plan to break up Google and Facebook would benefit small business.” Here’s a petition on Elizabeth Warren’s website soliciting support to break up big tech companies.