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Bill Gates: Don’t Break Up Tech Giants, It Won’t Stop Anticompetitive Behavior

dryriver shares a report from ZDNet: Speaking with Bloomberg, Microsoft co-founder Gates said it is better to regulate big tech companies. Breaking them up will simply result in two companies indulging in bad behavior. “I don’t know the last time a company was broken up but you have to really think, ‘Is that the best thing if there’s a way that a company’s behaving that you want to get rid of?’ Then you should just say, ‘Hey, OK, that’s a banned behavior,'” said Gates. “Splitting a company in two and having two people doing the bad thing, you know that doesn’t seem like a solution,” he added. Gates said it was a “pretty narrow set of things” where a break-up would be a suitable solution. “I was naive about this but that was a long time ago and I didn’t realize that as Microsoft gets successful we’d come under scrutiny and we went through our thing back in the 1990s and that’s made us more thoughtful about this kind of activity,” he said. Gates also told the Financial Times that fossil fuel divestment has had zero impact on emissions.


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