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Opinion: Don’t break up America’s competitive big tech companies

Weakening Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple with anti-trust actions would hinder our ability to compete with China.

A Google receptionist works at the front desk in the company’s office in New York.
A Google receptionist works at the front desk in the company’s office in New York. Anti-trust bills would reduce the ability of large tech companies to compete with China.
Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

House Democrats recently unveiled anti-trust bills designed to target and curb the power of big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. However, in practice, these bills are not only a threat to the Silicon Valley powerhouses but also to America’s national security.

The problem is that they are narrowly focused on America’s most competitive and innovative companies. Breaking up the power of these tech leaders will not only weaken their standing in the global market but it will also make room for foreign tech companies, like those in China, to grow even larger and more powerful.

Currently, China is the only nation projected to match the United States’ cyber powers with numerous domestic companies dedicated to developing cyber capabilities. Breaking up America’s tech companies would hinder our ability to compete with these firms and increase our vulnerability to foreign cyberattacks. Let’s not compromise our national security and global standing as a tech leader. We need our representatives in Congress to vote against these antirust bills and keep our country safe.

Brianna Kreisel

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