An anti-monopoly group whose founder is working with Joe Biden’s transition team says that the Biden administration should expand antitrust cases against Google and Facebook. The group is named as The American Economic Liberties Project.
The recommendations offered by the group indicate how the Biden administration’s future policy-making is likely to be influenced. The group encouraged that the US Justice Department must make its stance clear on the antitrust action against Google by expanding the scope of litigation beyond search to other services offered by the company, including maps, travel and app store. The US Justice Department had sued the tech giant in October last year over dominating search and advertising.
Now the Biden administration is being pressured to appoint strict Justice Department and FTC antitrust enforcers, while Biden’s attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, is being urged to seek breakup of Google.
Sarah Miller, the founder of the group said that the group is attempting to lay out a clear roadmap that the new administration can rally around and use it for “not only what’s possible but what’s necessary.”
The report generated by the group further states that antitrust agencies must challenge mergers involving a powerful buyer and that regulators must stop entering settlements with companies that do not require them to admit wrongdoing.