Sanders backs calls to break up Facebook

“We have a monopolistic— an increasingly monopolistic society where you have a handful of very large corporations having much too much power over consumers.”

A number of Democratic candidates vying for the White House in recent days have weighed in on the issue, but to this point only Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have overtly supported such action. Warren earlier this year unveiled a sweeping proposal that would direct federal regulators to make Facebook spin off WhatsApp and Instagram, two of its blockbuster acquisitions from recent years.

Over the weekend Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said we “have to seriously take a look at” breaking up the company, which has come under fire on both Capitol Hill and on the 2020 campaign trail over a litany of controversies. But Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another Democratic presidential candidate, poured cold water on Warren’s proposal to do so.

Sanders did not respond to a shouted question about whether he also supported breaking up Google and Amazon, as Warren has proposed.

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