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Taylor Swift Effect: Swifties Start Ticketmaster Website Scrutiny

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Swifties, as Taylor Swift fans are known, received a crash course in anti-monopoly advocacy this week when the Ticketmaster portal for the singer's concert tickets crashed and caused hours-long delays.After waiting for hours only to fail to get tickets in a Nov.

15 online portal for select fans, some of them took to social media to vent en masse about the Beverly Hills-based company's oft-criticized market power and chokehold in live entertainment ticketing.

Waves of their frustration intermixed with armchair antitrust analysis. Censure and ridicule of the company grew louder when Ticketmaster decided to cancel public ticket sales planned for Friday.The issue is morphing into a matter beyond social media chatter.

Prominent federal lawmakers, including Senate antitrust subcommitee chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are joining in.

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