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Hundreds of Google employees say they won’t be ‘complicit’ in cloud computing work with Customs and Border Protection

More than 590 Google employees are refusing to “be complicit” in any potential cloud computing work the tech giant might do for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In a petition posted on Wednesday to Medium, the employees wrote that CBP, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is caging and harming asylum seekers, separating children from their parents and overseeing an abusive system.

After noting that CBP is seeking vendors for a contract to provide cloud services, the Googlers asked that the Mountain View, Calif., company preemptively commit to not working with the agency.

“It’s time to stand together again and state clearly that we will not work on any such contract. We demand that Google publicly commit not to support CBP, ICE or ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] with any infrastructure, funding or engineering resources, directly or indirectly, until they stop engaging in human rights abuses,” the petition stated.

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Hundreds of Google employees are demanding the company commit to not doing cloud computing work for Customs and Border Protection. (Medium)

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The petition comes as the company faces multiple problems from within, with employees across the political spectrum publicly calling it out for some of its business choices and practices.

The employees who signed the petition are likening Google’s potential work with ICE to IBM’s work with the Nazi s during World War II.

“In working with CBP, ICE or ORR, Google would be trading its integrity for a bit of profit and joining a shameful lineage,” the petition stated. “We have only to look to IBM’s role working with the Nazis during the Holocaust to understand the role that technology can play in automating mass atrocity.”

The tech giant led by CEO Sundar Pichai has changed course after employee dissent a number of times in the last year or so. Last summer, after a backlash from employees, Google decided not to renew its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, which involved drone-targeting artificial intelligence.

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In July, Google stated that it would not proceed with a censored Chinese search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, after workers aired their grievances and lawmakers grilled the company’s exectives about it.

Fox News has reached out to Google for comment.

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Josh Hawley: Tech giants have a business model based on ‘taking stuff from us’

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Social media giants like Facebook make their money off of taking Americans’ personal information and should come under greater scrutiny, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., argued.

“They’ve developed a business model that is premised on taking stuff from us,” he said during an interview that aired on Friday’s “Special Report.”

He added that tech giants were taking “our information and our private data without telling us and then selling it without our permission and then trying to get us addicted to their platforms so they can direct more ads to us.”

Hawley contended that conservative values included backing property rights, a concern which should extend to Americans’ private data on platforms like Google.

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“I think that consumers… their information is their information. They ought to be able to control it,” he told Fox News host Bret Baier. He also praised the Trump administration for probing whether Facebook broke anti-trust laws.

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Baier suggested that breaking up big tech companies would put Americans at a disadvantage by giving that business to China and others.

“I’m not sure that these companies really are our most successful or really represent the best of America in the way that they say they do,” Hawley responded.

He then questioned what exactly companies like Google and Facebook have given the country in the last 10-15 years.

“They have been willing to partner with the repressive Chinese government to make a buck whenever it suits them, they have advanced a left-wing agenda whenever they can,” he said.

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“Are they creating jobs in the middle of our economy, are they creating jobs in the middle of our country? No to all of those things,” Hawley said.

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Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Trump is right to work with social media firms to reduce gun violence and online hate

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As we debate how to respond to the plague of gun violence so tragically illustrated by the weekend mass murders of 31 people in Ohio and Texas, President Trump has taken an important step by inviting social media company executives to a meeting Friday to discuss how hatred and violent extremism are fueled online.

The meeting Friday at the White House will be just the first step in what will certainly be a long and critically important effort, but it is a welcome start.

The president said Monday that he has asked the Justice Department to “work in partnership with local state and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.”

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We all recognize that there is no one solution to sharply reduce gun violence in the U.S., of course. But without question, an important factor we have to deal with is social media and the role they play in mainstreaming hatred and encouraging violence among a small fraction of the 4.8 billion people around the world who are social media users.

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Among other needed steps, the American people should demand that our leaders dial back their rhetoric on immigration. We should work harder to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. And we should restart a national discourse on how to best treat mental illness without stigmatizing it.

None of these things will happen unless we demand our elected officials drop the posturing and get to work on a bipartisan basis, replacing confrontation with cooperation. Shooters don’t inquire about political party affiliation when they open fire on innocent men, women and children. Elected officials should reach across the aisle on this issue that is, quite literally, a matter of life and death.

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The Anti-Defamation League reports that in 2018 domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in the U.S. – more than the 37 extremist-related murders documented in 2017, though still lower than the totals for 2015 (70) and 2016 (72).

The 50 deaths from domestic terrorism make 2018 the fourth-deadliest year since 1970. And last year marked the fifth consecutive increase in hate crimes involving minorities, with Jews in the lead among religious targets.

Woe to us if the young and the angry are convinced they can find meaning only through hate and violence.

Space doesn’t permit a full discussion here of all the many things that need to be done to address gun violence, so I’ll focus on the pivotal role of social media.

The Wall Street Journal featured an article this week in which experts referenced a “loneliness epidemic” among teens, which leaves them increasingly vulnerable to toxic influencers with a gift for speaking their language.

To reach these vulnerable young people we have to turn to social media to counter the influence of hate groups and individuals that play an important role in recruiting would-be lone-wolf domestic terrorists.

An important early step will be for Congress and the president to enact legislation that makes domestic terrorism a federal crime. This would provide the FBI with increased leeway to monitor social media so agents can identify and track dangerous individuals before they act. Only the FBI can bring to bear the tools and expertise needed for this huge effort.

But it’s just not the feds. Silicon Valley must do more, and this is why it is so encouraging that President Trump has reached out to tech companies to begin a dialogue Friday.

For more than two decades, the Simon Wiesenthal Center – where I am associate dean and director of global social action – has tracked how hate merchants use the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people. We’ve seen how the most prolific messengers are not just the usual suspect hate groups, but often loosely tied consortiums hiding behind screen names.

We’ve pressured Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to make a dent in the online marketing of extremist hate and terrorism.

But even as the social media companies have taken proactive measures, bigots have migrated to platforms that allowed them to open 24/7 online hate communities. The most recent mass killers found their voices on 8chan.

Democracies have to begin to deconstruct vicious online breeding grounds of hate and terror. And parents must also intervene to keep the online merchants of hate from preying on our kids’ vulnerabilities.

Woe to us if the young and the angry are convinced they can find meaning only through hate and violence. 

Social media – despite the name – too often have the opposite effect of bringing people closer. Rewarding human interaction has suffered. When kids are in their bedrooms “virtually engaging” with others, they are in reality still alone.

As challenging as it may be, it is imperative that we engage with our children so they know they are valued and loved as human beings – and that they have something other than a clever meme to offer society.

We all have a role to play in modeling behavior so our kids will emulate us by seeking out experiences that create the positive feedback loop they crave. As hard as it may be to get through to teens, we must work even harder at giving them opportunities to become active members of a goodwill community.

Old-fashioned “good deeds” may be the best inoculation against the seeds of hatred and alienation that have resulted in tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, Poway, Pittsburgh and Charleston.

These days, it seems that every mass shooting triggers a pseudo-cathartic exercise of hurling as much vitriol as we can muster against the other side – namely people whose views on issues like gun control differ from our own.

Inevitably, the vitriol begets more vitriol and our civil discourse becomes even more toxic, until the next tragic episode. Americans are in uncharted water, but we shouldn’t be searching for a “morning-after-a-hate-crime-or-terror-attack” pill to ease our pain after each outrage.

The only historical analogy we can point to where discourse led to bloodshed is the Civil War. But the Civil War was fought on far less morally ambiguous grounds. There was a clear “right” and “wrong.” Slavery was immoral and a stain on our national conscience that needed to end, whatever the cost, as President Abraham Lincoln insisted.

But in 2019, we must wage a different battle with an atomized legion of lone-wolf wannabees inspired to deadly attacks by white supremacists via social media. The war isn’t to end a repugnant institution like slavery by defeating a visible enemy, but rather for the hearts and minds of new generations against an enemy that is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

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We need to find some answers quickly.

In this war, our points of reference should always be how we can ensure that our children and grandchildren are safe and that all Americans get the respect they deserve – with the right to be heard.

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Google employee’s viral memo alleges discrimination against pregnant women: report

A memo written by a Google employee that alleges discrimination against pregnant women has gone viral at the tech giant, according to Motherboard.

Entitled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” the memo has reportedly been seen by over 10,000 employees at the tech giant. Google employees have posted memes in support of the author on an internal message board, Motherboard reports.

The memo’s author alleges that she suffered retaliation and discrimination while she was pregnant, according to Motherboard. “I reported on several occasions my manager’s ongoing retaliation and how it was impacting my health,” she writes.

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Motherboard has published the text of the memo with the author’s name and other identifying details redacted. The news site says that it has verified the authenticity of the memo. However, Motherboard has not been able to verify the allegations made in the memo.

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The memo’s author declined to comment to Motherboard.=

“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy,” said a Google spokeswoman, in a statement emailed to Fox News. “To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”

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Earlier this year two Google employees who helped organize the mass global walkout that took 20,000 workers away from their desks also alleged retaliation from the tech giant. The November 2018 walkout was prompted by the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm’s response to claims of sexual harassment.

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Claire Stapleton, one of the walkout’s lead organizers, subsequently resigned after alleging that she was retaliated against. Google denied the allegations.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.

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Google-owned artificial intelligence can predict acute kidney injury before doctors

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The potential use cases of artificial intelligence benefiting society are vast and may now include predicting who is at risk for a disease that kills nearly 2 million people every year.

Researchers at Google’s DeepMind Health say that have developed an AI that is capable of spotting symptoms of acute kidney injury (AKI) 48 hours before doctors, using inputs such as blood tests, heart rates and blood pressure.

“The research shows that the AI could accurately predict AKI in patients up to 48 hours earlier than it is currently diagnosed,” researchers at Google-owned DeepMind wrote in a blog post. “Importantly, the model correctly predicted 9 out of 10 patients whose condition deteriorated so severely that they then required dialysis. This could provide a window in the future for earlier preventative treatment and avoid the need for more invasive procedures like kidney dialysis.”

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Researchers added that the model could also be used in the future to “generalize to other major causes of diseases and deterioration such as sepsis, a life-threatening infection.”

The study was published in the journal Nature.

DeepMind analyzed the health records of 700,000 patients, which came from the VA and the Royal Free Hospital in London. More than 100 VA hospitals participated in the study and personal details such as names or social security numbers were not part of the study, so as to keep patients privacy in mind.

Google acquired DeepMind for a reported $500 million in 2014.

According to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, approximately 2 million die from AKI every year and there is “no effective treatment” that exists, as doctors and researchers “only have a vague notion as to why kidney function decreases so dramatically in many patients with acute illness or injury, or why, despite renal replacement therapy, mortality is so high.”

The International Society of Nephrology indicates that there are about 13.3 million annual cases of AKI, including more than 11 million in emerging countries.

Known as a “silent killer” because of its difficult to diagnose early, AKI can be preventable in some cases, as many as 30 percent, if treated early.

The goal is to ultimately boost patient care by using digital tools in an effort to reduce health care costs and ultimately move “from reactive to preventative models of care,” DeepMind added in the post.

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Google wants Trump to lose in 2020, former engineer for tech giant says: ‘That’s their agenda’

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A former Google engineer who claims he has been blacklisted by the tech giant says he believes the company will try to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

“They really want Trump to lose in 2020. That’s their agenda,” Kevin Cernekee said Friday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“They have very biased people running every level of the company,” Cernekee continued. “They have quite a bit of control over the political process. That’s something we should really worry about.”

“They really want Trump to lose in 2020. That’s their agenda. They have very biased people running every level of the company.”

— Kevin Cernekee, former Google employee

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Cenekee was fired in June 2018 after Google told him he was terminated for misuse of the company’s equipment, including its software system for remote access. However, Cernekee, who describes himself as a whistleblower, maintains he was terminated for his outspoken conservative views.

“They have quite a bit of control over the political process. That’s something we should really worry about.” 

— Kevin Cernekee, former Google employee

The former Googler told the Wall Street Journal that, after his posts to the tech giant’s internal message boards in early 2015 annoyed some of his colleagues, he received an official warning from Google’s human resources department. His conduct had reportedly been deemed “disrespectful and insubordinate.”

The Journal reports that around that time a senior manager at the company wrote on the message boards that he had added the engineer to a “written blacklist” of Google employees with whom he refused to work.

Cernekee spent the next three years fighting the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm over the alleged violations and arguing that conservative employees were being treated unfairly, according to the report, which cites interviews, documents and copies of posts on the company’s internal message boards.

Carlson asked Cernekee if he thought Google would try to “influence” the 2020 election and attempt to “prevent” Trump from being reelected.

“I do believe so. I think that’s a major threat. They have openly stated that they think 2016 was a mistake. They thought Trump should have lost in 2016,” Cernekee responded.

Cernekee called the Google operation “highly ideological” and “plagued with bias.”

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The engineer also claimed employees dragged their feet to correct a Google search bug that involved President Trump.

“If you do a Google search for ‘Crippled America,’ which is Donald Trump’s book, you would get results that would show ‘Mein Kampf’ instead,” Cernekee said, referring to the book by Adolf Hitler. “I reported that, I filed a bug, I escalated it, I tried to run it up the chain. They took nine months to fix that bug.”

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this article.  

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FTC’s settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations blasted by critics

The Federal Trade Commission’s reported settlement with Google over YouTube children’s privacy violations has been blasted by tech critics for not going far enough to rein in the search giant.

The settlement was reportedly backed by the agency’s three Republicans but rejected by its two Democrats. It found that Google didn’t do enough to protect children who used its video-streaming service and improperly collected their data in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, known as COPPA, which does not allow the tracking of users under 13 years of age, two sources told The Washington Post.

Although the company is expected to pay a multimillion-dollar fine, the exact details of the settlement are unknown and the final agreement must be approved by the Justice Department, the Post reports. Since Alphabet, the parent company of Google, had $36.3 billion in revenue in 2019’s first quarter, even a multimillion-dollar fine won’t damage its bottom line.

YouTube, which has struggled to clamp down on predators and terrorists using its platform, has come under increasing scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

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As with the FTC’s reported Facebook settlement, critics and lawmakers have taken a skeptical view of the agency’s actions.

David Monahan, campaign manager for Campaign for a Commericial-Free Childhood, called a seven- or eight-figure penalty “a slap in the face for parents trying to keep their kids safe online.”

If the FTC doesn’t take stern action to protect kids going forward, and require that all kids’ content be moved off of YouTube and onto a site which complies with federal privacy law, then the message will be clear—there is no cop on the beat and Big Tech can put profits ahead of kids’ wellbeing,” Monahan told Politico.

James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense, a nonprofit that has pushed for stronger regulation of the tech industry regarding children, said YouTube must be held accountable.

“We urge the FTC to keep the pressure up by imposing fines with real monetary teeth and requiring meaningful structural change from these platforms,” Steyer said in a statement to Fox News. “We also encourage Congress to update our privacy laws to reflect the digital world our kids are living in. Until platforms are forced to pay stiff penalties and commit to real changes they will not properly serve their kids and family audiences.”

Privacy advocates have slammed YouTube for years, claiming that some popular channels on the site are directed toward children, even though the company claims they are not.

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One Senate bill would expand COPPA to cover children up to age 15 and broaden the definition of covered companies as well.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and author of the new COPPA bill, told Politico that “children’s privacy is at stake, and it appears that with this settlement, the FTC may not take adequate steps to protect this uniquely vulnerable population online. It’s time for the FTC to do its job.”

Fox News reached out to Google for comment on this story.

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Facebook and Google are keeping tabs on what porn you’re watching

If you thought Facebook and Google were creepy with how much they know about you — think again. They even know what type of porn you watch.

According to a new study, researchers have found that Facebook, Google and Oracle are keeping tabs on what porn is being consumed using a tool known as webXray, a tracking tool that sends data back to third parties.

“Our results indicate tracking is endemic on pornography websites: 93 [percent] of pages leak user data to a third-party; the pages that leak data do so to an average of seven domains; 79 [percent] have a third-party cookie (often used for tracking); of the pages with cookies, there is an average of nine cookies; and only 17 [percent] of sites are encrypted, allowing network adversaries to potentially intercept login and password details,” researchers wrote in the study.

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Even if a person were to enter into “incognito mode” on their browser, meaning that their results were supposedly not being tracked, they still were, the researchers found.

Using a hypothetical person named “Jack,” the researchers note that incognito mode only means the browsing history is not stored on Jack’s computer.

“The sites he visits, as well as any third-party trackers, may observe and record his online actions,” the study adds. “These third-parties may even infer Jack’s sexual interests from the URLs of the sites he accesses. They might also use what they have decided about these interests for marketing or building a consumer profile. They may even sell the data. Jack has no idea these third-party data transfers are occurring as he browses videos.”

The study, which looked at 22,484-sex related sites, was completed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and Microsoft, which competes with Google and Oracle for cloud computing services.

Google had trackers on 74 percent of the sites, Oracle had trackers on 24 percent and Facebook tracked 10 percent, according to the research.

“The fact that the mechanism for adult site tracking is so similar to, say, online retail should be a huge red flag,” study co-author Elena Maris told the New York Times.

Fox News has reached out to Google, Facebook and Oracle with a request for comment for this story.

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Facebook and Google are keeping tabs on what porn you’re watching

If you thought Facebook and Google were creepy with how much they know about you — think again. They even know what type of porn you watch.

According to a new study, researchers have found that Facebook, Google and Oracle are keeping tabs on what porn is being consumed using a tool known as webXray, a tracking tool that sends data back to third parties.

“Our results indicate tracking is endemic on pornography websites: 93 [percent] of pages leak user data to a third-party; the pages that leak data do so to an average of seven domains; 79 [percent] have a third-party cookie (often used for tracking); of the pages with cookies, there is an average of nine cookies; and only 17 [percent] of sites are encrypted, allowing network adversaries to potentially intercept login and password details,” researchers wrote in the study.

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Even if a person were to enter into “incognito mode” on their browser, meaning that their results were supposedly not being tracked, they still were, the researchers found.

Using a hypothetical person named “Jack,” the researchers note that incognito mode only means the browsing history is not stored on Jack’s computer.

“The sites he visits, as well as any third-party trackers, may observe and record his online actions,” the study adds. “These third-parties may even infer Jack’s sexual interests from the URLs of the sites he accesses. They might also use what they have decided about these interests for marketing or building a consumer profile. They may even sell the data. Jack has no idea these third-party data transfers are occurring as he browses videos.”

The study, which looked at 22,484-sex related sites, was completed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and Microsoft, which competes with Google and Oracle for cloud computing services.

Google had trackers on 74 percent of the sites, Oracle had trackers on 24 percent and Facebook tracked 10 percent, according to the research.

“The fact that the mechanism for adult site tracking is so similar to, say, online retail should be a huge red flag,” study co-author Elena Maris told the New York Times.

Fox News has reached out to Google, Facebook and Oracle with a request for comment for this story.

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Bernie Sanders says he’d ‘absolutely’ try to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday that he would “absolutely” look to break up Big Tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google on antitrust grounds.

Speaking at a Washington Post event, Sanders specifically singled out Facebook as having “incredible power over the economy, over the political life of this country in a very dangerous sense.”

He also stated that Amazon is “moving very rapidly to be a monopoly.”

Sanders’ comments come at a perilous time for Silicon Valley, which is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the prospect of being broken up or subjected to stringent new regulations.

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In recent weeks, Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra came under fire from lawmakers, the Federal Reserve and the Trump administration, while Republicans accused Google of being biased. The FTC has reportedly come to a settlement with Facebook, the details of which have not been made public, that includes a $5 billion fine.

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“And it’s not just Amazon,” Sanders said, according to Politico. “I think we need vigorous antitrust legislation in this country because you are seeing – you name the area, whether it’s pharmaceuticals, whether it is Wall Street, whether it is high tech – fewer and fewer gigantic corporations owning those sectors.” He would appoint an attorney general “who would break up these huge corporations,” he added.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.,who is battling Sanders and almost two dozen other candidates for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, called for the breakup of Amazon, Google and Facebook back in March.

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