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US: NY AG candidate would explore breaking up Facebook & Google

 |  July 26, 2018

On Wednesday, July 25, the New York state attorney general candidate and Fordham Law School associate professor Zephyr Teachout outlined her plan to stop the digital advertising duopoly that’s choking local news.

Teachout made her stand outside the offices of The New York Daily News, which laid off half of its reporters two days before. She said all of those jobs could’ve been saved if the “parasites” and “bridge trolls” at Facebook and Google shared their wealth with news organizations.

As a constitutional lawyer, Teachout claimed the solution is stronger antitrust protections. If elected, she would work with other attorneys general to determine whether Facebook and Google are abusing their power.

“There isn’t actually a competitive market,” Teachout said via a Facebook Live stream.

Teachout ran for the candidacy of the Democratic party to the governorship of New York in the 2014 elections, with running mate Tim Wu of Columbia Law School, and received 34% of the vote.

Full Content: The Washington Post

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