Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, a potential Attorney General pick for the incoming Biden administration, has decidedly taken a tough stance on tech monopolies.
She expressed her openness to breaking up Google, which is currently facing an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 states.
Klobuchar made the comments during a keynote speech at the American Bar Association’s Fall Forum where she praised the Barr-led Justice Department for its tough anti-trust position toward American big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook.
The Senator’s comments follow months of ongoing talks between Congressional leaders and big tech CEO’s over questions of monopolization and whether their services play too big of a role in American society. Republicans in particular have been vociferous critics of tech throughout 2020.
“In a serious monopolization action like this one, it’s important that a breakup remedy be [is] on the table,” Klobuchar said. While Klobuchar has been floated as a possible Attorney General for the Biden admin., it is unconfirmed at this time. The only know confirmation is Biden’s Chief of Staff and longtime advisor Ron Klein.
Klobuchar has built a strong reputation as a senior Democrat on the antitrust committee, making her especially capable of taking on big-tech if she were to be nominated to serve as the next Attorney General. If she isn’t chosen by Biden, either way, tech companies will have to contend with her views on their power in America.
Klobuchar believes legislative action is necessary to address tech monopoly
She suggested that the Supreme Court’s ruling on previous antitrust cases has made it difficult to reign tech companies in. Hence, she prefers direct legislative action over sending the matter to the court.
“If anyone’s waiting on the courts to solve our monopoly problem, that’s going to take a really long time,” Klobuchar said. “We need to update our laws. We really don’t have another choice besides increasing enforcement.”
The question of big tech’s influence on American society has quickly become a bipartisan issue with larger numbers of Americans becoming more distrustful of tech’s usage of personal data and the overall effect it has on society.
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