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Lina Khan, Big Tech skeptic, named FTC chair mere hours after confirmation


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SOURCE: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/06/formidable-amazon-critic-lina-khan-named-ftc-chair-putting-big-tech-on-notice/
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Summary

It’s an unusual move—newly nominated commissioners are seldom elevated to chair immediately—and it likely signals that the Biden administration will be taking a hawkish approach to antitrust enforcement, particularly when it comes to Big Tech platform companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.Though Khan is certain to take a harsher view on platforms, the FTC is unlikely to begin dismantling Big Tech tomorrow. In the paper, titled “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox,” Khan argued that using prices as the primary gauge of anticompetitive behavior was an insufficient measure of market power among certain firms, particularly Big Tech companies and their platforms.The risks are twofold, she said. “Second, because online platforms serve as critical intermediaries, integrating across business lines positions these platforms to control the essential infrastructure on which their rivals depend.” Those two qualities of today’s platforms have also allowed Big Tech companies to collect data on rivals, putting the rivals in uncompetitive positions.As chair, Khan will have control of the agency’s agenda and staff.

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