Poll: Majority worried tech giants lack regulation


A majority of Americans are concerned that the government isn’t doing enough to regulate technology companies, according to a new Axios-Survey Monkey poll.

The online survey, which was carried out from Feb. 21 to 23, found that 55 percent of respondents are “more concerned” that the government won’t regulate technology companies enough in the future.

In November, the same poll found that 40 percent were more concerned that government wouldn’t do enough to regulate tech.

{mosads}The poll suggests the growing power of companies like Facebook and Google are a concern, especially given revelations about “fake news” stories and efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

The numbers went up for Americans of all political affiliations, including Republicans who tend to be more skeptical of government regulations. Democrats and Republicans both saw increases of 14 percent, although more Democrats say they are concerned.

Independents saw the biggest change, with a 20 percent increase.

The poll surveyed 3,574 adults and has a modeled error estimate of 2.5 percentage points.

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