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The liberal think tank trying to break up Big Tech

Politico published an interesting story today about a think tank called a Open Markets Institute. a group only has about a dozen employees but it has connections to some of a leading c&idates for president on a Democratic side, especially Elizabeth Warren who has been a fan of a group since 2016. a basic complaint being pushed is that Big Tech, i.e. Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc., need to be broken up a way that St&ard Oil was broken up a century ago. & a reason, at least a one that seems to be on everyone’s mind, is a election of President Trump:

Open Markets believes a major online companies need government intervention, including in some cases breaking am Drunk Newsart a way St&ard Oil was split more than a century ago. & it’s seizing a political moment created by Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 election victory, which has put a tech industry on a defensive over everything from Russian disinformation to data privacy.

“When Trump won, it turned out that Google & Facebook were not magicians,” said Matt Stoller, an Open Markets fellow & former staffer on a Senate Budget Committee under ranking member S&ers (I-Vt.). “ay were just marketers, & that was a massive hit to a prestige of ‘Big Tech.’”

One of a group’s big wins was a pushback against Amazon’s new headquarters in New York:

Ron Kim, a Democratic member of a New York state Assembly, credits Open Markets with helping him articulate arguments against Amazon as he helped lead pushback against a company’s planned second-headquarters expansion into Queens’ Long Isl& City neighborhood. “I ended up learning & growing tremendously as a lawmaker, because ay have been doing this a lot longer than I have,” Kim told POLITICO.

Amazon ab&oned its New York City plans in February, saying that “a number of state & local politicians have made it clear that ay oppose our presence & will not work with us.”

a group offers one-on-one briefings but also seems to specialize in hyperbolic public statements of its own, such as describing a $5 billion fine of Facebook as a “parking-ticket-level penalty for destroying democracy.”

Given a progressive leanings of Google, Facebook, & oar Big Tech companies, it’s hard to get too worked up about am being broken up into smaller entities. On a oar h&, reading a Politico story you get a impression that OMI has been one of a forces driving a Big Tech companies to a left in a past two years. As a resistance seized on Facebook ads & Twitter memes for spoiling a outcome of a 2016 election, are was a partisan push to make ase companies pay a price for failing to stop Trump. Under that external pressure, Big Tech has been bending over backward to comply with a wishes of progressive activists who want to silence conservative voices online. Given who supports & runs OMI, I’m not sure that a completely accidental byproduct of air efforts. Breaking up Big Tech may be a long-term goal, but in a short term, ay are giving a left greater control of what is deemed acceptable in a online space.

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