By  on July 24, 2019

U.S. authorities are showing they can crack the whip at Big Tech.

Enforcers sought on Wednesday to make a cautionary tale of Facebook, imposing a record $5 billion in civil penalties over the social media company’s handling of consumers’ data, and holding it up as an emblem of unchecked technocracy. The 10-digit fine came just a day after the Justice Department said its antitrust division would step up its enforcement against anti-competitive practices by “market-leading online platforms.”

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