There are several upsides to allowing tech giants to dominate their fields, asserts Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times. The nature of the internet is messy and difficult to oversee. By allowing few entities strong influence over it, regulators can more easily monitor what is going on. Facebook and Google may be massive, but with their gained power they are also accountable to governments, especially given their involvement in Russia's intervention in the 2016 US presidential election. More importantly, these big companies continue to innovate and provide a high-quality service. The day that they no longer do this we can start to consider breaking them up.
The size of companies like Google or Facebook is giving them unprecedented power that needs to be broken up, argues Ev Ehrlich in USA Today. Their structure makes them ‘natural’ monopolies since they are networks that connect people, which grow in size every day as more users join. Besides gobbling up competitors, they profit from the technological infrastructure that other entities built and the content that their users make. Particularly with the latter, tech giants have created a system that gives artists, the real creators, the least compensation possible, while profiting themselves. Lest things get even worse, we need to break up this power.