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Biden administration appoints Big Tech critic, but Apple not a primary target

Added 03-05-21 09:31:02am EST - “President Biden has appointed a high-profile Big Tech critic as a special assistant on technology and competition policy: Columbia ...” - 9to5mac.com

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President Biden has appointed a high-profile Big Tech critic as a special assistant on technology and competition policy: Columbia University law professor Tim Wu.

Wu has argued that tech giants have too much power, and spoken in favor of antitrust actions against them …

President Biden on Friday named Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor, to the National Economic Council on Friday as a special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy, putting one of the most outspoken critics of Big Tech’s power into the administration.

The appointment of Mr. Wu, 48, who is widely supported by progressive Democrats and antimonopoly groups, suggests that the administration plans to take on the size and influence of companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, including working with Congress on legislation to strengthen antitrust laws. During his campaign, Mr. Biden said he would be open to breaking up tech companies.

That confrontational approach toward the tech industry would be a continuation of the one taken by the Trump administration. Late last year, federal and state regulators sued Facebook and Google, accusing them of antitrust violations. The regulators continue to investigate claims that Amazon and Apple unfairly squash competition.

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