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Donald Trump says Google, Amazon, and Facebook may be ‘very antitrust’

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  • US president Donald Trump said in an interview with
    Bloomberg that Google, Amazon, and Facebook could be a “very
    antitrust situation.”
  • It follows Trump’s repeated attacks on Google in recent
    days over what he perceives as liberal bias in the company’s
    search engine.
  • He stopped short, however, of saying the tech companies
    should be broken up.

US President Donald Trump told Bloomberg on Thursday that tech
giants Google, Amazon, and Facebook could be a “very antitrust
situation.”

In a week in which Trump has repeatedly attacked
Google over its perceived liberal bias
, the president raised
monopoly questions about the firm and its peers.

“As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation,
the three of them,” the president told Bloomberg. Antitrust laws
prevent companies from abusing their power to make the market
less competitive.

Trump did not go so far as to suggest the companies be broken up.
“I won’t comment on the breaking up, of whether it’s that or
Amazon or Facebook,” he said.

His former Chief Strategist
Steve Bannon said tech companies should be broken
up when
defending the president’s attack on Google to a CNN reporter on
Wednesday.

It would be for Federal Trade Commission or the Department of
Justice’s Antitrust Division to decide whether to bring federal
antitrust proceedings against the tech firms. Antitrust experts
have previously said the two
authorities have zero desire to “become puppets of elected
officials.”

It is far from the first time Trump has targeted Amazon,
previously calling it a “no-tax monopoly” that
abuses its relationship with the US Postal Service
. In April,
an anonymous source told Axios that
Trump is “obsessed” with the company
.

During his conversation with Bloomberg, Trump continued to voice
his displeasure at Google’s search results. He said
“conservatives have been treated very unfairly” and added: “I
tell you there are some moments where we say, ‘Wow that really is
bad, what they’re doing.'”

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