FTC Nominee Khan Signals Support for Aggressive Approach on Big Tech

Wednesday - 21/04/2021 15:26
FTC commissioner nominee Lina Khan backed a review of the impact that Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had on the journalism industry at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. PHOTO: GRAEME JENNINGS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
FTC commissioner nominee Lina Khan backed a review of the impact that Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had on the journalism industry at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. PHOTO: GRAEME JENNINGS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Sen. Cruz ‘looks forward’ to working with Lina Khan, but other Republicans question her views and experience

WASHINGTON—Lina Khan, a Big Tech critic nominated to a seat on the Federal Trade Commission, appeared on track to win confirmation after a hearing Wednesday showed she has broad Democratic support—and might win some Republican votes.

Ms. Khan, a liberal law professor and former congressional staffer who co-wrote a House report concluding that large online platforms can harm consumers, signaled support for a more aggressive approach from the FTC when it comes to digital markets for news, smartphone apps and more.

Under questioning from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D., Wash.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Ms. Khan expressed support for an FTC review of the impact that Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. have had on the journalism industry.

“Everything needs to be on the table. Obviously local journalism is in crisis,” Ms. Khan said. “Increasingly, news publishers are dependent on a few gatekeepers to disseminate their news.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) asked Ms. Khan about large technology companies’ market power and then told her: “I look forward to working with you.”


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