They Said It! Amazon Acting As An ‘Extortion Machine’

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Date: January 28, 2019

They Said It!
Amazon Acting As An ‘Extortion Machine’

Open Markets Institute fellow Matt Stoller criticized Amazon for cornering market on communications channels.

“Matt Stoller, a fellow at The Open Markets Institute, called Facebook and competitors like Google and Amazon ‘extortion machines.’ ‘[They] have placed themselves effectively as essential communications services that you have to use. Not just as a consumer but as a producer, whether you’re producing news or sports or entertainment. Increasingly you have to go through those communications channels to get your product to market.’” (CNN, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Big Tech giants’ dominance ‘unsustainable‘,” Donie O’Sullivan and Gregory Krieg, 1.27.19)

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