Facebook and Google are two of the world's most dangerous monopolies. Policymakers have allowed these two corporate giants to acquire unprecedented power and seize control of how billions of people communicate online. Together, they make $270 billion a year by keeping us addicted to our screens -- supercharging clickbait, conspiracy theories, hateful and illegal content, and predatory scams. And they track us everywhere we go -- online and in the real world -- to keep advertising dollars flowing in, in turn decimating the traditional news industry, especially local journalism.
As Facebook and Google drive democracies into crisis, these corporate giants are also running rampant over millions of hard-working small businesses that depend on them, entrepreneurs who strive to compete with them, and workers who seek to drive change from the inside. And to maintain their power, they pour hundreds of millions of dollars into deceptive P.R. campaigns, lobbying, front groups, and academia -- including nearly $30 million on federal lobbyists in the last year alone.
But Congress can break their power -- and a growing chorus of bipartisan lawmakers are calling for just that. Congress has the ability, the responsibility, and increasingly, the appetite to break up these two corporate behemoths, but we must keep up the pressure.
TELL CONGRESS: IT’S TIME TO BREAK UP FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE
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.
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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.