Biden was requested by 32 stakeholders to reject Huge Tech’s affect
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By Nandita Bose
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden was urged to disapprove of the influence of big tech companies on its governance through 32 antitrust, consumer, labor and related groups in a letter sent Monday.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that more tech company executives had been appointed to Biden’s transition team than outright technology critics to provide clues as to who will ultimately influence the thinking of its administration.
The letter insisted that the Biden administration excludes executives, lobbyists and consultants who like for or with companies Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ :), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ :), Google (NASDAQ :), Apple Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ :). The groups argue that corporate business practices harm consumers and the US economy.
Signatories are Public Citizen, the American Economic Liberties Project, the Open Markets Institute, Progressive (NYSE 🙂 Democrats of America, the Revolving Door Project, and Athena.
“We believe your administration needs to face the threats posed by the monopoly big tech companies … However, we can only hold these companies accountable if you don’t rely on subsidiaries of these companies to form your government.” Letter said.
Microsoft, Google and Facebook declined to comment. Amazon and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. With the exception of Microsoft, all companies are facing federal and state investigations into their business practices.
“We believe that removing the decade-old revolving door between Silicon Valley and your administration will only help your cause,” the letter added.
In October, Reuters reported that Amazon and Big Tech had got used to the Biden administration with cash and connections.
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