On Friday, Democratic Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren advocated for breaking up major tech companies with large services, specifically naming Amazon, Facebook, and Google — but Apple fits in the targeted category as well.
Warren’s platform calls for “passing legislation that requires large tech platforms to be designated as ‘Platform Utilities’ and broken apart from any participant on that platform,” according to a pitch for the idea on Medium.
“Platform utilities” subject to mandated break-up would be defined as “companies with an annual global revenue of $25 billion or more and that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties.” Such businesses would be prevented from “owning both the platform utility and any participants on that platform” or sharing data with third parties. They would also have to “meet a standard of fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory dealing with users.”
Then, Speaking at SXSW, she explicitly called out Apple’s App Store as one example of what would need to be split away from the company to comply with her big tech breakup plan, if Apple wanted to continue to distribute its own apps and services.
This is a summary of two recent articles written for AppleInsider.com