Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) signed a plan to break the main technology platforms, as reported by Politico in its Morning Tech newsletter.
Ocasio-Cortez was backing a previously established policy by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), arguing that because Amazon operates as a market and as a seller of its own products, it has become "an antitrust issue." Ocasio-Cortez said that Facebook should be divided for similar reasons
"Facebook is a basic communications platform, but it also sells ads and is a surveillance platform," said Ocasio-Cortez. "Those functions should be divided, but how it is imposed and how it is addressed is what we need to have a fine tooth comb."
Earlier this year, Warren proposed that, if elected president in 2020, it would work to break down giant technology companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google. In a later interview with The Verge made it clear that the same logic would apply to the Apple App Store. "If you run a platform where others come to sell, then you can not sell your own items on the platform," Warren said. "What was applied to the railway companies more than one hundred years ago, now we must analyze those technological platforms in the same way".
This proposal has become a point of friction for the presidential candidates in recent months, with some approvals and others proposing alternative solutions. Pete Buttigieg, presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said at a CNN town hall last month that he would like to see the Federal Trade Commission empowered to better intervene in technology mergers, but it was unclear how as president .
In the comments to Politico Ocasio-Cortez said that Warren's plan "is something that I support because I take an antitrust approach that I think is absolutely relevant and appropriate to take."
Ocasio- Cortez also agreed with Warren that these technology companies should see their previously consummated mergers melt away and that any other acquisition should be blocked or at least investigated with a much more critical eye by the regulators and agencies in charge of law enforcement, such as the Department of Justice.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of the first prominent politicians to respond to Amazon's announcement last fall that he intended to build his second headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood. in Queens, New York, Amazon finally canceled plans for headquarters in the face of opposition from local groups.