The article, “Is Big Tech Too Powerful?” explains how our lives revolve around technology and how tech companies are abusing their power. For instance, when you want to search for something up you use Google or when you want to shop for something online you might use Amazon. It’s even become a great advantage for people to connect with friends and family over social media yet lately, there’s been buzz about these big tech companies for being so dominant.
Most recently the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Google for illegally having a monopoly over internet searches. The DOJ says that Google is abusing its power when it comes to internet searches. So let’s say when you search for something on the internet your device automatically uses Google unless otherwise, you change it in your settings. Google has used its dominance to block its competitors like Microsoft and Bing. Google even pays millions to Apple to do default search engines on Apple products. On the other hand, Google argues that no one is forcing people to use Google, they use it because they want to and prefer it. It also seems like not just the DOJ has filed a lawsuit against Google, many other companies have also filed because they say Google is abusing their dominance with online ads.
Now for Amazon critics say it’s affecting online shopping. Amazon is putting other smaller businesses through struggle as they’re making it hopeless for these retailers to sell their products. Many think it will be hard for people to switch away from these companies because it’s a little late as they’ve gained so much power.
What are your thoughts? Should these big tech companies be broken apart so that they don’t hold so much power?Tags: Orange Cove High School Social Media Tech technology