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Facebook is NOT a monopoly: according to the judgement passed in the latest anti-trust trial on Monday. Β 

Facebook's stock rallied on the news, taking their valuation above the $1 trillion landmark & sticking two fingers up to the doubters as it did so...

Facebook joins $1 trillion club after anti-trust victory
A US federal court dismisses two anti-trust lawsuits, sending the tech giant’s share price higher.

"How can this happen?!" the people cried in outrage.

It's a trillion dollar company so surely it MUST be a monopoly.

Well, that all depends how you define monopoly.

OXFORD DEFINITION: the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service

So, what exactly is it that Facebook has a monopoly over?

Are they 'abusing' their power as an alleged monopoly to outprice others?

Can't have a monopoly over something that's free, bro...

You could allege that Facebook have monopolised online advertising, but Google would probably have a word to say about that...

Herein lies the problem with all of these anti-trust cases.

The laws are archaic. Made for times when these things were tangible.

(more on the Big Tech tangible vs intangible πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡)

Are investors too optimistic about Amazon?
β€˜If Amazon were to pull it off, it would be the most aggressive expansion of a giant company in the history of modern business.’ They DID pull it off. How did they do it, and what role do the β€˜intangibles’ play?

When BT controlled the entire U.K. phone network, the monopoly was obvious.

You had to pay to play.

Now... You don't.

Facebook has a monopoly over social networking?

Tell that to your 'social network' when you meet up in the pub next week

How about 'online' social networking?

Use Twitter.

In any case, these services are FREE to the consumer.

So what's to be done?


I hear you, but so do the lobbyists... πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

Big Tech, Big Cash: Washington’s New Power Players
Facebook and Amazon are now the two biggest corporate lobbying spenders in the country.

Amending laws might not be the easy solution it seems (at least until there is a red or blue monopoly πŸ˜‰ across Senate & Congress).

Even if these bipartisan antitrust bills aren't killed by lobbyists, the lawyers will be looking at them the way I look at [CENSORED]

Lawmakers unveil major bipartisan antitrust reforms that could reshape Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday unveiled an expansive set of antitrust reforms that could reshape Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

The only true solution is to force them to compete to the death with each other...

We'll call it The Hunger Games for Big Tech (but who gets the streaming rights...?)

It's already started...


Facebook v Apple: The ad tracking row heats up
Why is there a dispute between the two tech giants and does it affect you?

Apple is encroaching on Facebook’s territory like never before with new social features
Apple announced several new social features coming to iOS 15 that will compete with Facebook products like WhatsApp and Instagram.

Of course, there are other solutions too...

Back on Earth, The Amazon MGM acquisition is to be reviewed by the FTC.

The same issues with the monopoly argument arise.

"Yes your honour. Amazon will clearly have a monopoly power for digital streaming services"
Judge: "Netflix & Disney+ seem to be competing with them pretty well (and Netflix have a larger market share). Case dismissed."

(it might not even make it to court)

More about that Amazon/MGM hookup (and some pretty graphics showing how Big Tech make their money) πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

πŸ”” Here’s why Amazon & MGM are the perfect match...
Did Amazon overpay or is there more to this story? $8.45 billion is a high price for MGM who were reportedly available for a mere $5 billion at the end of last year... (& get to know Big Tech better)

Seriously, the barriers to 'fixing' this are enormous.

With their armies of lawyers and lobbyists, these firms will always be a few steps ahead.

Perhaps it's a lack of imagination on my part, but I don't imagine the governments will truly get ahead of this any time soon, if ever.