What Joe Biden’s ‘Complicated’ Ties to Big Tech Mean for Antitrust Crackdowns and Content Moderation

Sean Burch
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The incoming Biden administration’s relationship with Big Tech is complicated. The Democrat enters the White House with less outward (and frequent) hostility toward tech giants like Facebook and Amazon than President Trump, and Biden’s team, at least initially, appears to have a cozier relationship with Silicon Valley than his predecessor. At the same time, Biden’s win, coupled with a Democratic-controlled Congress, adds to the growing momentum behind antitrust crackdowns on some of the top tech companies. Here are some of the ways that the tech world could change under the new presidency. 1. Antitrust Lawsuits Await Biden’s term will start with a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against Google and a Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against Facebook already underway. It’s true that Biden hasn’t been as adamant about breaking up Big Tech as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other notable Democratic leaders, but he hasn’t written it off, either. Biden previously said tech breakups are worth taking a “really hard look at,” and there are indicators he’s warming to the idea of proscriptive action. The American Economic Liberties Project, a Washington, D.C.-based antitrust group, recently shared a report pushing the Biden Administration to expand its inherited antitrust battles and to be...

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