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Why it’s not as simple as “breaking up big tech”

There is something to be said for respecting natural monopolies

Bicycles in the Google logo colours outside the headquarters of US technology company Google in Mountain View, California. Photo: PA

Is big tech too big? In the past year, interest has grown in the idea that the giants of Silicon Valley have morphed into monopolies. Tim Wu of Columbia Law School argues they should be broken up: Facebook should relinquish Instagram and WhatsApp; Google should give up YouTube and DoubleClick; Amazon should spin off Amazon Web Services. Such arguments have ceased to be the preserve of progressives. Even President…

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