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Mark Epstein agrees: Social media threaten democracy

Antitrust attorney and freelance writer

In 2017 Google and Facebook have accounted for 84% of all digital advertising outside China, including 96% of its growth. The tech duopoly’s dominance threatens the marketplace of ideas. Beyond advertising, Google and Facebook control how millions of people find their news. Americans are far likelier, collectively, to encounter articles via search engines and social media than on a news site’s home page [as] Google is used for nearly 90% of online searches in the U.S.


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