Tech Giants Are the New Gatekeepers

Big Tech wielding enormous control over humanity

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Apple’s move this week to lock out Facebook and Google employees from internal versions of their own iPhone apps was a strong stand on behalf of user privacy.

At the same time, it was a stunning display of the absolute control Apple has over what runs on the phones it makes.

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The squabble reminds us that all these companies have become gatekeepers with enormous power. One way to map the contours of their turfs is to examine where each can say “no.”

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