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Antitrust actions against big tech are now palatable

Antitrust actions against big tech are now palatable
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SAN FRANCISCO — A decade ago, when the greed and carelessness of the financial industry came close to destroying the U.S. economy, the overwhelming response by politicians and the public was: Meh. Almost instantly, all was forgiven and forgotten.

Now the tech industry — which, among other impressive innovations, provides the world’s knowledge on demand, lets people freely broadcast their diverse opinions and has made shopping as easy as pushing a button — has made some mistakes of its own. It has abused privacy, squeezed the competition and casually spread hate. And that’s just the beginning of the list.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts speaks at a campaign rally in New York, March 8, 2019. Warren has called for breaking up the largest tech companies.  (GABRIELA BHASKAR / The New York Times)
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