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CNN  — 

It’s coming from left, right and center, but the message is clear: The US government and the political mood are turning on tech companies for being too big, crowding out competition, violating users’ privacy, squeezing government for tax incentives and scrimping on wages for their lowest-paid employees.

For an industry that has sold big promises to disrupt old industries, streamlining the economy, bringing people together and making lives easier, the disruption may be coming back full circle.

Government regulators have negotiated to split up oversight of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, with the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission moving toward a new probe of Google, according to reporting by CNN’s Brian Fung.

Frustrated that those regulators are moving too slowly, Congress, with support from Democrats and Republicans, will use its investigative power for a top-to-bottom review of the tech industry, and focus on the biggest companies. Congress cannot break up companies under existing laws, but it could cook up new ones – and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who’s established herself as Democrats’ big ideas leader in 2020, already has a plan to break up the largest tech monopolies.

Warren’s gripe is that the largest tech companies favor their own products, something known as “platform privilege,” which crowds out every other player.

Larger frustrations with tech companies

But the problems are much bigger than that, and go way beyond antitrust investigations.

Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after Russia’s internet attack on the US election in 2016, said this year that the internet should be regulated to ensure the integrity of people’s privacy and of free elections.

The same internet that has made the world smaller and brought people across continents closer together for commerce and communication has brought together extremists bent on terrorism and has spread conspiracy theories and other disinformation that is driving society apart.

One person’s meme is another’s fake news, however. President Donald Trump has long groused, without concrete proof, that social networks bury conservative content – and even invited Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to the White House to complain about it.

The House probe will also focus on the effect tech companies have had on local journalism and other aspects of American life.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are everywhere in US life now, providing the phones Americans use to shop and connect with one another, the speakers that listen for their commands and questions, the cameras that watch their homes. Smaller companies like Uber, Lyft, Twitter and others are playing their own roles in reshaping how we move through the world around us and how we understand what happens in it. Unless and until they are swallowed or ended by something larger.