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No, Facebook is Not a Monopoly


Facebook is just like the pre-1984 AT&T monopoly, says The New York Times in a June 5 editorial. Thus it might be time for the government to “break away some of its components and chop it down to size,” suggests The Times, in order to “unleash a wave of competition and innovation” that would benefit consumers and the economy like the dissolution of the telephone monopoly.

The editorial further suggests that cutting Facebook down to size would bolster user privacy, though it doesn’t say much about how this might happen. That's just one of several false assumptions and common misconceptions in the editorial.