Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn, a staunch critic of large technology companies, urged the Federal Trade Commission (Federal Trade Commission) to interview some former Facebook employees as an investigation into the social media giant a part of.
It is widely believed that both the Federal Trade Commission and the organization of state attorneys general are planning lawsuits against Facebook for violating antitrust laws.
In a letter to the chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission, Joe Simons, Blackburn mentioned the resignation of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Federal Trade Commission and added: “Although this is Hopeful, but I encourage you to also talk to other Facebook executives and engineers who can reveal the company’s true agenda. Many of them worry that leaving Facebook’s dominance out of control will have dark consequences for competitors and consumers .”
Blackburn specifically urges the Federal Trade Commission to interview Facebook’s critics, such as the company’s co-founder Chris Hughes, former chief security officer Alex Stamos and former Facebook election integrity chief Yael Eisenstat.
Blackburn said that Internet regulation is a measure that Congress will take, and it is far from enough. She wrote: “Americans rely on the committee to stand up against Facebook and fully prosecute entities that violate the Sherman Antitrust Act.”
Chasing the tech giants, the Justice Department sued Google last month, while Amazon and Apple are still under investigation. Despite the polarized political atmosphere, the Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement.
Progressive Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged Facebook to sell Instagram it bought in 2012 and WhatsApp it bought in 2014.
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