Items tagged "FTC"

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Lina Khan To Federal Trade Commission

March 9, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , digital platforms , FTC , lina khan , Platform Competition

According to reports, President Joe Biden has nominated Lina Khan for the Federal Trade Commission. Through her landmark academic work and her contributions to the work of Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI), Khan has fought to hold technology companies accountable through stronger antitrust enforcement and improving competition law.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair to Promote Competition

January 21, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , FTC , Online Privacy , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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FTC, State AG Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Mark Next Step Towards Competition

December 9, 2020 Competition Policy , digital platforms , Facebook , FTC , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. The suits focus on how Facebook has bought out competitors and potential competitors to stifle competition, as well as how Facebook has withheld access to its network anticompetitively. The suits follow three years of Public Knowledge advocacy on the competition challenges posed by dominant digital platforms like Facebook, including most recently our letters urging the FTC, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general to review Facebook’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior.

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Breaking Down and Taking Down Trump’s Latest Proposed Executive Order Spanking Social Media

June 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , FCC , First Amendment , Free Expression , Freedom of Expression , FTC , Legal Analysis , Litigation , misinformation , Net Neutrality , Platform Regulation , Section 230

Bashing social media for supposed liberal bias has become pretty standard fare for some conservative pundits and politicians. This remains true despite zero evidence of any kind of bias by social media companies against conservative content or Republican politicians. In fairness, Democratic political leaders have made similar accusations. For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has […]

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Public Knowledge Rejects White House Executive Order Targeting Free Speech on Social Media Platforms

May 28, 2020 digital platforms , due process , FCC , Free Speech , FTC , Section 230

Today, President Trump will reportedly sign an Executive Order that would direct the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to regulate speech on social media platforms. Based on reporting, the Executive Order calls for the FCC to develop rules detailing how and when the law shields social media companies when they remove or moderate content on their platforms. Public Knowledge finds this Administration’s potential interference with free speech and abandonment of agency independence alarming, and reminds President Trump that neither the FCC nor the FTC have any authority to regulate social media.

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It’s Not Delivery, It’s Diminished Competition: Can Uber Really Buy Grubhub?

May 22, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Communications & Pandemic Series , DOJ , FTC , Platform Competition

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken so much from so many, so we’ve got to find bits of joy where we can. For me, quarantined with […]

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Public Knowledge Warns Proposed COVID-19 Data Privacy Bill Fails to Protect Americans’ Privacy

April 30, 2020 Consumer Privacy , coronavirus , Data Privacy , FCC , FTC , Online Privacy

Today, Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss), John Thune (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-Kan), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) announced plans to introduce the “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” in an effort to protect Americans’ privacy during the pandemic. Public Knowledge finds that the proposed legislation fails to provide privacy protection for consumers and lacks enforcement teeth.

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Acquisitions in the Time of COVID: Big Tech Gets Bigger

April 7, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Communications & Pandemic Series , FTC , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. In the pilot of HBO’s recently-ended show, Silicon Valley, fictional mega-platform Hooli offers protagonist Richard Hendricks the deal of a lifetime: $10 million for his […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Examining Previous Big Tech Mergers

February 11, 2020 6(b) study , Competition , digital platforms , FTC

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would investigate prior acquisitions made by five large technology firms — including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — to determine the “terms, scope, structure, and purpose” of transactions made between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2019 as part of a 6(b) study. 

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