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Big tech's rivals seize chance to even the score

As digital giants' golden glow fades, pressure builds for them to be held accountable for their less savoury actions

Facebook, which faced the most scrutiny over the 2016 election, increased its third-quarter lobbying budget this year by 40 per cent, to US$2.85 million.


FOR years, the country's biggest technology companies have been virtually untouchable in Washington. The public adored the companies' new devices, educators embraced their tools and politicians extolled their contributions to the economy.

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