US President Joe Biden appointed a prominent advocate on Monday to split large technology companies into important regulatory positions, a move that hints at a positive attitude towards antitrust enforcement.
The White House said it is submitting the nomination of Lina Khan, associate professor of law at Columbia University School of Law, to the Federal Trade Commission, which has authority over certain mergers and antitrust policies.
This move follows the appointment of Tim Wu, another major technology critic, to the post of economic adviser to the White House.
Khan previously served as an adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Antitrust Subcommittee, which released a lengthy report last year, proposing reasons for disbanding giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.
She also wrote a 2017 paper called “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox,” which outlined the growing dominance of e-commerce and tech giants, which some say will help change people’s perception of antitrust.
Khan worked in the office of Rohit Chopra, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, and was the legal director of the Open Markets Institute, which has been highly critical of the Silicon Valley giants.
The news comes as opposition to the high-tech behemoths that dominate the main virology field is growing, and their influence during the coronavirus pandemic is growing.
This move is likely to trigger a controversial nomination battle, and some Republicans have already expressed their opposition to Khan.
Utah Senator Mike Lee stated earlier this month that “less than four years from law school,” Khan “lacked the experience needed to serve as an important role as an FTC commissioner.”
In addition, Lee said, “Her views on antitrust enforcement are also very different from prudent legal practices,” and her appointment “will show that President Biden intends to put ideology and politics ahead of competent antitrust enforcement.”
However, Charlotte Sleeman of the consumer protection organization “Public Knowledge” welcomed the news and stated earlier this month that Khan’s appointment “will indicate changes in antitrust enforcement and important competition policies.” Will be a top priority.”
In recent years, legislators and policymakers have been considering implementing the decades-old “consumer welfare” standard of antitrust laws. As long as prices are not affected, this standard can largely allow large companies to take proactive actions. .
Critics say this approach allows large high-tech companies to grow unrestricted and have unprecedented strength in key areas of the economy.
Last week, Acting FTC Chairman Rebecca Slaughter (Rebecca Slaughter) recommended strengthening antitrust review, including review of the digital economy.
Slaughter told the congressional panel: “The increasing presence of large technology companies in our daily lives and economy has inspired the recent antitrust reforms.”
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