• Toria Rainey

    Toria Rainey is a writer and editor in the Questrom School of Business marketing and communications department; she can be reached at rainey@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 21 comments on Is Breaking Up Amazon, Facebook, and Google a Good Idea?

  1. Just wanted to say I really enjoyed this article. Nice job letting experts in the field tell us what we should know so we can think about the issue with the relevant information and not policy being the primary message.

  2. Google, Facebook and Amazon are all biased and dishonest. Do they need to be broken up and marginalized? Absolutely. Each are one sided socialists that endanger our country. They have to be stopped.

    1. I have only gotten two things in 20+ items I have ordered and both times Amazon returned it. One time I was too late for free returns so had to pay shipping but they still gave me my money back and it was in a gift card form too. I didn’t think without having my bank card in they would do that. But literally the next day my money was back.

      One time their Amazon gift card didn’t peel properly and got wrecked and we had someone contact us within minutes live over their chat line and they funded me anyways. Somehow they knew the gift card I bought even though we didn’t know the number due to the peeling but I got my 25$ in.

      Also Nintendo did that with us too. They helped us when I wanted to get BOTW DLC 1 and 2 for the Master Sword Trials and the card peeled wrong after contacting them they immediately funded me my amount. We just gave them some of the readable numbers and they seem to understood.

  3. It is about choice and total domination. Too few people are now in control of too much money and power. Breaking up the Bell System drove competition. Competition is good for capitalism. Capitalism left unregulated leads to the direction are country is headed where the rich get richer. We all need to understand this to get why Socialism is gaining so much strength here in America. Socialism is a desperate cry from those left behind and that now includes a huge percentage of Americans.

  4. Google, Face Book and many other tech giants are monopolies.
    They must be broken up.

    The negative influence of these companies on the world as a whole are well documented.

    The most egregious crime against humanity by Big tech is the relentless attack on free speech.

    This article is merely the author and the chosen pundits (who probably want to consult for big tech) making excuses for big tech.

    How can innovation be crippled by the break up of big tech? Innovation will flourish as the little guy gets a fighting chance.

    So break up big tech, the world will be better for it.

  5. Google, Facebook and Amazon refuse to allow differing political views be published. They are all exceedingly left leaning. The owners and staff support socialist views for our republic, which would be OK if the allowed the ability for conservative views as well.
    They should be broken up and regulated.

  6. I believe big tech is and has always been bad for the world in general. What is happening today is just a fraction of things to come. Regardless of other opinions, people should be aware of the threat to mankind.

  7. Wow is this pertinent right now. Several comments are spot on! Google Facebook Twitter Amazon are left-leaning companies who discourage opposing political views and quash free speech! They are monopolies and need to be broken up.

  8. What innovation did facebook or google bring they are nothing new and calling them “big tech” is silly too, what technology have they ever developed apart of hoarding peoples private information?

  9. These large tech companies sometimes collude and provide the same types of anti competitive behavior described by Adam Smith. But these near monopolies collude and have developed political power and power over speech that were not found in the days of Theodore Roosevelt and earlier efforts to curb anti-competitive behavior.

  10. Once a company gets large enough or old enough to know what is legal & what isn’t should be held, at least partially, responsible for it? Maybe there should be a way to offer a new, or small, non-profit group liability protection.
    Some software companies, allow hobbyists & non-professionals to use their packages free, until they start making money with it, or develop something that sells through its use.
    They use some of the ancillary information that ostensibly registers your use of their platform, to their benefit. Why are they not then, co-conspirators? You have more requirements in your TOS than most of the forums who claim to have no responsibility for what appears on their sites.

  11. I don’t often have an open mind when it comes to specific pillars of capitalism and opinions about finance and economic systems here in the USA. i tend to be pro business but not pro capitalism, I tend to favor the small and independent and have come to terms with my disdain for the walmarts of the world. Despite all these facts, I find it fascinating that I can truly see and understand both sides of this new age, argument about whether to break up the tech giants or not. On one hand one notes that these few companies are the remaining pillars of what was once unmistaken, unshaken and powerful American influence over the rest of the world. Like the last remaining roots of a 275 year old plant , that no other plant can duplicate and will keep it alive forever. These companies have slowly morphed, however, right before our eyes, into very powerful and complicated influencers of not only our lives, our economy our government but even our opinions. Tell me what exactly does Amazon purchasing a brick and mortar, high end developed company like whole foods have to do with its core business model: e commerce; and furthermore how does it encourage competition and prevent a carefully orchestrated stifling of an industry segment it has no business entering. Oh yea it helps them compete against their #1 competitor Walmart who has grown their own grocery business significantly over the past 25 years. I believe we have to take a much more critical review of potential acquisitions such as these and which is more important making Amazon more competitive against 1 company (walmart) or potentially threatening the quality of a niche retailer which puts all of its own customers at risk. Profits over people should never be taken or seen as the “high road” or an easy choice. I hate to say it too, but companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon all have increasingly larger seats at the table during political discussions and conversations but also get by paying less in taxes on revenues once never even dreamt of. If these companies are going to have influence like that they need to pay their fair share whether through income taxes or capital gains taxes these companies have to help support the society that they are creating. Paycheck to paycheck consumer driven workers who have to choose between being a good capitalist and merely surviving on wages that have stayed stagnant more or less for the past 30 years.

  12. The personal data collected by these big platforms is a major issue together with the real value of that data.
    GDPR was an attempt to try and create more balance for the platform users but it is a complex piece of legislation that few people fully understand.
    As so much information is collected about individual’s we have seen that users are able to be targeted based upon their data set held about them.
    Platforms collect the data for free with the user’s consent. The value of the data the user is giving is not disclosed. A mechanism needs to be created to so the value of the data can be assessed.
    Users will be able to assess and become aware of value that they hand over for free, in exchange for what look to be free services.

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