2020 hopeful Biden says he’s open to breaking up Facebook

  • People line up outside The Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., before a campaign appearance by former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • People line up outside The Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., before a campaign appearance by former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Posters cover the entrance to The Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., before a campaign appearance by former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • People line up outside The Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., before a campaign appearance by former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • People at the The Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., wait for former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's arrival for a campaign stop, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Former vice president Joe Biden campaigns at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton on Monday. AP

  • Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden interacts with a supporter during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden greets supporters during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden takes a selfie with a supporter during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

Associated Press
Published: 5/13/2019 5:47:03 PM

Joe Biden said he would be open to breaking up Facebook, a sign of the deep skepticism among many Democratic presidential contenders about the power of massive technology firms.

In an interview on Monday with The Associated Press, the former vice president said that dismantling large technology companies is “something we should take a really hard look at.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has been the most outspoken Democratic presidential candidate to press for greater regulation of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies. While Biden didn’t fully embrace her proposal — saying it’s “premature” to make a final judgment — he praised Warren and said she “has a very strong case to be made” for cracking down on tech giants.

The comments demonstrate how Facebook is increasingly a flashpoint in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, with some candidates arguing the influence of such companies is unchecked, allowing misinformation to poison the public debate. Sen. Kamala Harris of California said this weekend that she was open to revamping Facebook, telling CNN the company is essentially a public utility. But Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey told ABC that such calls aren’t very different from the tough tactics President Donald Trump takes against his enemies.

Regardless of whether Facebook is ultimately broken up, Biden told the AP that the Trump administration hasn’t done enough to enforce antitrust laws in a variety of industries.




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