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Soros to Google and Facebook: 'Your days are numbered'

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Staff Writer | January 29, 2018
George Soros launched a scathing attack on tech giants, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy.
George Soros
Technology   Monopolies that could be manipulated
During an annual dinner he hosts at the World Economic Forum, held this week in the Swiss alpine resort, Soros turned his sights on a host of subjects including US President Donald Trump and the speculation frenzy surrounding the bitcoin cryptocurrency.

But much of the Hungarian-born financier's ire was reserved for the tech giants of Silicon Valley who, he argued, needed to be more strictly regulated.

"Facebook and Google effectively control over half of all internet advertising revenue," the 87-year-old told diners during a speech.

"They claim that they are merely distributors of information. The fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access."

He predicted that tech giants would "compromise themselves" to access key markets like China, creating an "alliance between authoritarian states and these large, data rich IT monopolies."

"This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined," he warned.

Predicting governments would start to more heavily regulate the sector he said: "Davos is a good place to announce that their days are numbered."


 

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