Even tech employees want greater regulation over companies in the field.
Some 81% of tech employees and university students say they believe big technology firms need more regulation, according to a study conducted by Index Ventures and Qualtrics between May and June. The study polled some 1,275 people, a third of whom were students, another third were employees at tech companies with under 1,500 in headcount, while the other third came from large tech companies with over 5,000 employees.
The results come as big tech has come under increasingly scrutiny for their ubiquity and how they wield their influence. Social media platform Facebook took heavy heat for its role in allowing the spread of misinformation during the 2016 presidential elections. Lawmakers and tech gurus have also chimed in with varying levels of severity: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) has advocated vociferously for the break up of big tech companies, while Microsoft co-founder has opined that Big Tech companies require greater regulation.
The use of private information was the top concern among survey respondents by a slim margin: 30% said it was their main worry, while 26% cited the security of the data. Another 26% called for greater oversight into content moderation.
Within Silicon Valley itself, unease over how…