Big Tech Breakup Explained
Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft have dominated how we connect, learn and view the world and society around us. While this may seem pretty harmless at surface value, diving deeper we can begin to understand how much they warp our view and understanding of day to day things and how little is done to prevent this from happening.
Did Big Tech Get Too Big? More of the World Is Asking
In 2018, Google and Facebook controlled 60% of mobile-ad revenue and 51% of the digital ad revenue combined, Apple has 45% of the smart phone market in the U.S. and 47% of all U.S. e-commerce sales went through Amazon. While this isn't an entire monopoly there is a dominance considering these companies have leverage over producers and consumers.
'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism
These companies have become stronger because of the information they have on us. They know our habits, our friends habits and how to get us to use their products and services more and more. We are being surveilled day in and day out by these companies and there's very little we can do about it.