Biden says he’d be open to breaking up Facebook

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday became the latest 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to say that he’d be open to breaking up Facebook. 

Biden made the remark in a new interview with The Associated Press. Among other things, Biden said that breaking up tech companies such as Facebook is “something we should take a really hard look at.”

{mosads}Biden’s comments come as the idea of breaking up Silicon Valley’s major tech companies gains greater attention inside the Democratic Party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), another 2020 White House contender, has called for breaking up tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook, saying in March that they have gained “too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy.”

Biden said it was “premature” to make a final judgement on Warren’s proposal. But he added to the AP that Warren “has a very strong case to be made.”

Biden also said that the Trump administration is not doing enough to enforce antitrust laws in several industries. 

Multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on the idea of breaking up Facebook or other tech giants. 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), one of the first lawmakers to launch a 2020 campaign, said Sunday that officials “need to take a serious look at breaking up” the company. 

“I think Facebook has experienced massive growth and has prioritized its growth over the best interest of its consumers,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There’s no question in my mind there needs to be serious regulation and that has not been happening. There needs to be more oversight, that has not been happening.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has voiced caution, though, saying that Warren’s call “sounds like a Donald Trump thing to say.”

“I don’t think that a president should be running around pointing at companies and saying ‘breaking them up’ without any kind of process,” he told ABC News. “It’s not me and my own personal opinion about going after folks. That sounds more like a Donald Trump thing to say like ‘I’m going to break up you guys.'”

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