Why does Washington suddenly seem ready to regulate Big Tech? Look at the polls.

The precipitating event for Silicon Valley’s regulatory reckoning? A change in our political beliefs.

The cascade of political probes targeting the four biggest companies in tech feels like it happened suddenly.

But Washington’s surge in scrutiny toward Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple in the past week is a natural culmination of a relationship between tech and society that’s soured over the past two years.

That’s why recent reports that the Department of Justice and Federal...

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