Maajid Nawaz: Tech giants are “too powerful” and must be dismantled
September 19, 2021, 15:57 | Updated: September 19, 2021, 4:05 PM
The big tech companies have “too much market share” and should be dismantled, according to Maajid Nawaz.
The comments came after the announcement that Facebook had a “whitelist” that exempts some 6 million users from standard terms of service.
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Maajid Nawaz argued that these companies have too much influence on public discourse and should be dismantled to avoid stifling public debate.
“I don’t think the government should have more power to get tech companies to silence your political and scientific dissent,” he said.
“I think there’s a problem with big tech. What do I think is wrong with them? They’ve grown too big for their own boots – they’re too powerful,” Maajid feared.
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“What’s the solution? Not online censorship, the solution is these companies need to be dismantled.”
Maajid then proposed a “monopolies and mergers commission” to help dismantle tech companies, which, unless confronted with it, have “enormous oligopoly potential.”
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“They hold too much market share because they have continued to buy up the competition,” he said.
He concluded by telling listeners that the solution is not more regulation: “I am concerned that the government’s online mischief bill turns the problem into a need for more censorship of speech.”