Sanders the latest to voice support for breaking up Facebook

Sanders the latest to voice support for breaking up Facebook
© Getty Images

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden 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. 

ADVERTISEMENT

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 Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message 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 GabbardCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment The US can't seem to live without Afghanistan MORE (D-Hawaii) has also supported breaking up Facebook. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Sanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll 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 BookerCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report 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.