Bill Gates says antitrust regulators should scrutinize tech giants separately

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in an interview on Thursday offered his opinion on big tech antitrust issues, saying regulators should examine each company on a case-by-case basis.

Speaking at the GeekWire Summit, Gates, himself no stranger to government audit, suggested it is a mistake to group companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google into a collective, as the firms operate in vastly different markets.

Apple, for example, is being examined for its App Store policies, while Google is under the microscope for building an alleged monopoly in search and advertising.

“Certainly the scrutiny is important,” Gates said, as reported by CNBC. “These companies are shaping communications, commerce — and the politicians have to think of, Okay, what are the rules there?’ I think it’s kind of unfortunate that they’re grouping the companies together, because there are so many different issues.”

The companies share a general operating arena,

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