President Joe Biden is expected to appoint a well-known Google critic to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division.
The Biden administration has made limiting the influence of internet companies a primary concern, with the president recently signing a broad executive order instructing government agencies to do more thorough merger reviews and stating that vaccine misinformation on Facebook was “killing people.”
According to Jonathan Kanter, a well-known antitrust lawyer, a crack squad of tech critics is moving through the halls of the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Economic Council.
According to Bloomberg, Kanter has represented companies like Yelp and Microsoft in antitrust cases against Google. The candidate is most preferred by leftists like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
According to a White House press release, “Jonathan Kanter is a prominent antitrust lawyer with almost 20 years of expertise.” “Kanter has also served as a major champion and expert in the endeavour to establish robust and meaningful antitrust enforcement and competition policy throughout his career.”
Kanter’s appointment, which requires Senate approval, appears to be bad news for Google, the internet titan facing increasing political pressure from all sides over anticompetitive activity claims.
Last month, US lawmakers introduced five bipartisan pieces of legislation to limit Big Tech’s dominance, marking a significant step forward for a burgeoning but uncontrolled industry.
Several weeks later, antitrust charges have been filed in dozens of US states, highlighting Google’s online advertising tactics and criticising the tech giant’s ownership of the Android app market. Kanter will oversee the Justice Department’s current case against Google if the Senate confirms him.
Sridhar Ramaswamy, a former Google employee who is now a competitor, told Insider on Tuesday that the corporation should be divided up to create a more “fair playing field.”
“It’s not acceptable for one corporation to use large revenues made in one area to artificially prop up and gain dominant positions in completely unrelated sectors,” he said.
News agencies did not immediately return a request for comment from Google.