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President Joe Biden is set to nominate a prominent critic of Google to head up the Justice Department’s antitrust division.

The Biden administration has made reining in the power of big tech firms a top priority, with the president recently signing a sweeping executive order telling federal agencies to scrutinize mergers more closely, and suggesting vaccine misinformation on Facebook was “killing people”, before walking back the criticism.

Jonathan Kanter, a well-known antitrust lawyer, looks set to join a crack team of tech critics moving through the hallways of the DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Economic Council. 

Kanter has a history of representing companies such as Yelp and Microsoft with antitrust complaints against Google, according to Bloomberg, and was said to be the candidate most favored by progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. 

“Jonathan Kanter is a distinguished antitrust lawyer with over 20 years of experience,” a White House press release stated. “Throughout his career, Kanter has also been a leading advocate and expert in the effort to promote strong and meaningful antitrust enforcement and competition policy.”

Kanter’s appointment looks to be bad news for Google, a tech behemoth which is facing mounting political pressure from …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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