Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not forget Apple Inc.
When the Massachusetts Democrat and the presidential candidate released their plan Friday to break up big tech companies she said, stiff competition, she focused on Facebook Inc.
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Google and Amazon.com Inc.
– but did not mention Apple
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. However, on Saturday she realized that the iPhone manufacturer was in her cross hair too.
"Apple, you have to split it from the App Store. It has to be one or the other. They either run the platform or they play in the store. They're not going to do both at the same time."
In an interview with The Verge, published Saturday night from the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Warren said Apple is using its market dominance to squash competition.
"If you run a platform where others are going to sell, then you can't sell your own items on the platform because you have two comparative advantages," she said. "One, you've sucked up information about each buyer and Each sells before you make a decision about what to sell. And secondly, you have the capacity – because you run the platform – to prefer your product over others' products. It gives a huge comparative advantage to the platform. "
Warren described his sweeping plan in a blog post Friday:" Companies with an annual global income of $ 25 billion or more, offering the public an online marketplace, a swap, or a third-party connectivity platform will be designated as " These companies would be prohibited from owning both the platform tool and all the participants on that platform. "
" "We need to ensure that today's technological giants do not extend potential competitors, beat the next generation of large technology companies and power so much power that they can undermine our democracy, "she wrote.
Apart from Apple's App Store, the plan would focus on teams such as Amazon's Marketplace and Whole Foods stores, Google's ad exchange and Google Search, and Facebook's WhatsApp.
Warren told The Verge that her plan has precedent. "This would not be the first time in American history that this type of event had to be broken up," she said, noting the monopoly braking of railways in the early 20th century. "So my principle is exactly the same … we must now look at the technical platforms in the same way," she said.