Putin calls out ‘digital giants’ for their ‘increasingly significant’ role in society

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the “significant” role tech giants play in global society, pointing to their influence in the United States.

In his first address at the virtual Davos Agenda summit since 2009, Putin argued on Wednesday that social media companies have such influence that they can “compete” with elected officials and governments.

“Digital giants have been playing an increasingly significant role in wider society,” the Russian president said during the virtual summit, according to a translation.

“We are now talking about economic giants, aren’t we? In certain areas, they are competing with states, and their audience can
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