Facebook and Google are two of the world's most dangerous monopolies. They have seized control of how billions of people communicate online, making more than $200 billion a year from selling advertising. They addict us to their services, promote dangerous content, engage in surveillance, and rent out our attention to anyone willing to pay up.
AS AMERICA AND THE WORLD STRUGGLE TO DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS, THESE CORPORATE GIANTS ARE USING THIS PANDEMIC TO LAUNCH P.R. CAMPAIGNS TO SHORE UP THEIR POWER. But half measures and splashy headlines don’t fix any of the problems with big tech monopolies. If anything, this crisis has revealed them to be even more dangerous to people and our democracy: the platforms are allowing deadly misinformation to flourish, profiting off of deceptive and opportunistic advertising for critical health supplies, and accelerating the collapse of local news, all while uncertainty around upcoming elections grows.
We can break their power and put rules in place so these corporations serve us, rather than the other way around. At the state and federal level, and among both Democrats and Republicans, elected officials and law enforcers are starting to take steps that would keep us and our democracy safe.
BUT WE MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. HERE'S WHAT WE SEEK:
Break up Facebook and Google
Regulate them to keep us safe
Hold them accountable for wrongdoing
Reject their lobbyists and corporate $$$$
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Facebook and Google have done enormous harm: everything from amplifying fake and dangerous content to driving hard-working competitors out of business. But because they are so enormous, we don't fully know all the harms that they cause — that’s why we need your help.
DO YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT HOW FACEBOOK OR GOOGLE HAVE HARMED YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR BUSINESS, OR YOUR COMMUNITY?
Share it with us and, where appropriate, we can make sure elected officials and enforcers currently investigating these two corporations know about it. We will keep your personal information anonymous if requested.
Most of us use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, and Youtube. They’re important ways for us to communicate and connect with each other.
But Facebook and Google have amassed a scary amount of power. They determine the news that billions of people around the world see every day. They buy up or bankrupt potential competitors to protect their monopolies, killing innovation and choice. They track us almost everywhere we go online and, through our smartphones, even where we go in the real world. They use this intimate data hoard to addict us and our children to their services. They throttle the organic reach of non-profit groups, political campaigns, and even members of Congress to force them to buy ads. And then Facebook and Google serve up everything about us to their true customers — anyone willing to pay for the ability to convince us to buy, do, or believe something.
And they spend millions on elections, corporate lobbyists, academics, and think tanks to ensure no one gets in their way.
Elected officials and enforcers can make Facebook and Google safer for users, businesses, and democracy by breaking them up, regulating them, and holding them accountable for wrongdoing.
Together, we will make sure that they do.