Big Tech Under Government Microscope.

Robert Massimi.
Big tech will be under the microscope over the next few months, maybe years. With dominant companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, these companies in particular have been ruthless in there dealings. All three companies rull with an iron hand, they want there platforms to be dominant and overbearing.
Google may well go the way of Europe here in the United States. Personal data and a person’s past may very well be terminated from Google’s database. That’s just for starters, Google has much more to worry about. Google, like Facebook has many agendas such as exclusion, political overtones and watching people carefully as to where they go, what they do and how they spend there money.
Amazon is a another major problem. A work force that is abused, colossal tax breaks and predatory practices make Amazon a major Government target. Amazon may ha e more problems than the aforementioned.
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House Judiciary to investigate market dominance of big tech companies
While no companies are named, any investigation will inevitably touch on Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple.
Image: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, attends a news conference in Washington on April 9, 2019.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, attends a news conference in Washington on April 9, 2019.Zach Gibson / Getty Images file

June 3, 2019, 5:19 PM EDT / Updated June 3, 2019, 5:33 PM EDT
By Jason Abbruzzese
Congress will be taking a close look at the power of big tech.

The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday that it will hold a series of hearings as part of a bipartisan investigation into whether there is enough competition among U.S. technology companies.

While no companies were named, any investigation will inevitably touch on Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple, all of which have come under increased scrutiny in recent years for their dominance in a variety of markets including social networking, online advertising, online search, e-commerce and mobile apps.

“A small number of dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication, and information online,” the Judiciary Committee noted in a news release that included the names of both Democratic and Republican members. “Based on investigative reporting and oversight by international policymakers and enforcers, there are concerns that these platforms have the incentive and ability to harm the competitive process.”

“The Antitrust Subcommittee will conduct a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms. This is the first time Congress has undertaken an investigation into this behavior.”

One area of the investigation is likely to be particularly unwelcome among tech executives: The committee said it would look into whether existing antitrust laws and enforcement levels are adequate to address the growing concentration of power in the tech industry.

“Given the growing tide of concentration and consolidation across our economy, it is vital that we investigate the current state of competition in digital markets and the health of the antitrust laws,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in the announcement.

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The news comes just as the federal government has reportedly been preparing to ramp up its antitrust oversight of U.S. tech companies amid growing political pressure that has included increasing scrutiny from both parties.

Requests for comment from Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon were not immediately returned.

Calls to rein in major U.S. tech companies — either by cracking down on how the companies use their power or by breaking them up — began to circulate in recent years among some academics and activists but did not receive mainstream attention until the past year, when elected officials and even some in the tech industry began openly call for action.

In March, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., publicly called for the break-up of Facebook, Google and Amazon. Since then, other prominent Democrats and even some Republicans have voiced support for either splitting up the major tech companies or taking action to address their power. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., recently told NBC News that he thought Warren’s plan to break up the companies might not go far enough.

Jason Abbruzzese
Jason Abbruzzese is the senior editor for technology news at NBC News Digital.

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Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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