Pressure on the internet giants to clean up their act

Pressure on the internet giants to clean up their act

Google and Facebook are wealthy corporations with immensely powerful tools at their disposal, but they appear not to have full control over these tools

When regulators in the US finally stepped in to break up the giant industrial trusts in the early part of the 20th century, it was because they were perceived to have amassed too much power.

As Republican senator John Sherman, whose name is attached to what eventually became the Sherman Antitrust Act, said in 1890: “If we would not submit to an emperor, we should not submit to an autocrat of trade.”

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