Alibaba Facing Anti-Monopoly Probe by Chinese Government

According to Alibaba’s website, “Recently, the State Administration of Market Supervision, based on reports, filed investigations into Alibaba Group Holdings Co., Ltd. for suspected monopolistic conduct such as ‘choosing one over the other’.”

There are many interesting things about the Chinese government investigating “suspected monopolistic conduct.” What it tells me is that no matter the political system, big tech scares big government.

As our elected officials go after big tech here in the U.S., we should stop to consider what the end goal is. What do we fear? It’s not their monopolistic conduct. That’s the nature of online businesses: after a shake out, one technology company wins. It’s the data! How will these antitrust cases solve for that?

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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