Presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, released a plan to break up tech giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook and impose severe restrictions. She argued that these near-trillion dollar corporations have the ability to sell products on the platforms they also own, which eliminates competition. Her plan to appoint government regulators, facilitate reversing business acquisitions and diminish the power of these tech companies is currently have is one of the most aggressive proposals that threaten the tech industry.
We decided to ask our community of tech workers to weigh in on this idea, so we asked them to answer YES or NO to this simple question: Should Amazon, Facebook and Google be broken up?
The survey was shown to users on our app ‘Blind’ from March 10 through March 15, 2019. A total of 6,082 answered the survey question, with 36.06% (2,193) answering with YES and 63.94% (3,889) answering with NO.
Breakdown by companies with at least 75 employee responses:
- Not surprisingly, the companies named in the question finished with the lowest percentage of employees answering with YES. Only 17.55% of Google employees answered with YES, followed by Facebook with 17.59%, and Amazon with 22.89%.
- The three companies with the highest percentage of employees answering YES are Lyft with 45.68%, Salesforce with 46.34%, and eBay with 47.44%.