Sanders the latest to voice support for breaking up Facebook

Sanders the latest to voice support for breaking up Facebook
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE (I-Vt.) on Wednesday expressed support for breaking up Facebook, as several other 2020 presidential candidates have also done. 

When asked by Politico whether anti-trust action should be taken against the social media giant, Sanders said, “The answer is yes of course.”

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


He did not answer the news outlet's question as to whether he also supported breaking up Amazon and Google.

The Hill has reached out to Sanders' campaign and Facebook for comment. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.) in March called for the break up of Facebook, Amazon and Google. 

"To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies," she wrote in a post on Medium.

According to Politico, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTrump and allies grapple with how to target Harris It's Harris — and we're not surprised Democrat Kai Kahele wins Hawaii primary to replace Tulsi Gabbard MORE (D-Hawaii) has also supported breaking up Facebook. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' USPS workers union endorses Biden, citing threat to postal service 'survival' MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that politicians "need to take a serious look at breaking up" the tech company. A few days later former Vice President Joe Biden said breaking up tech companies such as Facebook is "something we should take a really hard look at."

When asked about such an idea, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey governor to announce state will move to mostly mail-in voting for November The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' MORE (D-N.J.) said that he believes corporate consolidation is a big problem, but took issue with the idea of calling to break up specific companies "without any kind of process."

Sanders is among more than 20 people vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.