Facebook will face similar issues as it enters live sports streaming, he continued. The social network recently won the rights to show Premier League matches in certain Southeast Asian countries and La Liga matches in India for free — a development that highlights how digital platforms are increasingly eating into linear television’s business.
“Facebook will become a content player and a neutral platform … this is a big problem,” said Taplin, whose 2017 book “Move Fast and Break Things” explores the topic in further detail.
The 71 year-old, who was once a tour manager for rock legends Bob Dylan and The Band, boasts a lengthy career in media, having produced numerous television documentaries and Oscar-nominated feature films.
If Facebook were to sell Instagram and Alphabet sell YouTube, that could alter the digital landscape for the better, Taplin said, noting that such a development would be unlikely in the United States.
Going forward, “it will be hard for these big companies to buy another big company,” he continued.
Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods didn’t raise any major objections, but if Google tried to buy Spotify, for example, “that might be blocked and that would be a good thing,” he said.