Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

George Soros Just Launched A Scathing Attack On Google And Facebook

"They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near- monopoly distributors makes them public utilities," the philanthropist said at a dinner on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Last updated on January 25, 2018, at 3:33 p.m. ET

Posted on January 25, 2018, at 3:01 p.m. ET

Sean Gallup / Getty Images

DAVOS, Switzerland — The financier and philanthropist George Soros joined the rising attacks on Facebook and Google Thursday night, calling for "more stringent regulations" on the tech giants.

Soros referred to the companies as a "menace" and denounced "the rise and monopolistic behavior of the giant IT platform companies," which he described as "ever more powerful monopolies," hurting competitors and societies alike.

Soros — one of the world's largest philanthropists — adds a key voice to a growing set of calls to rein in the giant tech companies, which are struggling to respond to a rising tide of public criticism.

"They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near- monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access," he said.

Soros also compared the companies to casinos, saying they "deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide."

Soros warned that these companies would likely "compromise themselves" to enter the Chinese market.

"There could be an alliance between authoritarian states and these large, data-rich IT monopolies that would bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developed system of state-sponsored surveillance," he said. "This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined."

Soros also denounced President Donald Trump, whom he accused of trying to establish a "mafia state."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.