Sanders answers calls to break Facebook

15-05-2019 23:05

Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders told the POLITICO that he would "obviously" support the anti-trust legislation directed at Facebook. | Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Said today that he supports calls to break Facebook, his first observations on the issue since he entered the 2020 democratic presidential campaign.

Asked by Capitol Hill by POLITICO if he supported these requests for antitrust actions against the social networking company, Sanders replied: "The answer is yes, of course."

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He added: "We have a monopolistic society, an increasingly monopolistic society in which you have a handful of big companies that have too much power over consumers".

A number of Democratic candidates running for the White House over the past few days have weighed the issue, but at this point only Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) And Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have openly supported such action. Warren at the beginning of this year presented a radical proposal that would direct federal regulators to have Facebook set WhatsApp and Instagram, two of its most successful acquisitions in recent years.

Over the weekend, Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Said that "we need to take a serious look at" breaking up the company, which has been on fire on both Capitol Hill and the 2020 campaign on a litany of disputes. But Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Another Democratic presidential candidate, poured cold water on Warren's proposal to do so.
Sanders did not answer a shouted question about the fact that he also supported the breakup of Google and Amazon, as proposed by Warren.