Would Amazon Spin Off AWS and Break Up the Company? Here's the Case for and Against It

Either way, it'll be the ecommerce giant's decision


If elected as the 46th president of the United States, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her plan to break up Big Tech includes severing Amazon’s Marketplace and Basics line of products from the company and reversing what she calls its anti-competitive acquisitions of Whole Foods and Zappos.

At least four other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination have also voiced support for antitrust action, although they’ve been lighter on specifics.

And yet when it comes to prognosticating Amazon’s future, experts like NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway and Atlantic writer Franklin Foer say that if anything, it’s Amazon’s highly profitable cloud-computing business Amazon Web Services, more commonly known by its acronym, AWS, that will become a separate company.

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