Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Apple by separating its control of the App Store from its ability to sell its own apps on its marketplace, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts told The Verge.
Warren's Medium post announcing her plans to "break up Big Tech" does not mention Apple by name, but instead called out Amazon, Google and Facebook. But her campaign confirmed to CNBC on Friday that Apple is included in the mission. Warren's view is that companies with an annual global revenue of at least $25 billion cannot own both a "platform utility" and own a participant on that platform. She defines that "utility" as a company that offers "an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties." In Google's case, for example, this means it cannot own its ad exchange and a business on that exchange.