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Facebook seeks FTC chairman Lina Khan’s evasion in antitrust proceedings – News


Federal Trade Commission Chairman Lina Khan has a long history of criticizing the company and other large corporations, claiming it is unfair and whether to file a new antitrust lawsuit against the company. Called for evasion from the authorities’ deliberations on.

“Chairman Kahn not only denounces Facebook’s disapproval, but also concretely states her belief that the act meets antitrust elements,” the company said on Wednesday. Said in the formal counter-petition petition submitted to.

“If the new commissioner has already drawn facts and legal conclusions and considers the target a violator of the law, due process requires the individual to reject himself,” Facebook said in a petition.

An FTC spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the request for comment. Kahn previously said he would consult with an FTC ethic officer if a question of repulsion arises.

Facebook request arrives in 2 weeks A similar petition was filed Along

Amazon.com Co., Ltd.

This is a reconciliation approach with Khan, who has faced multiple investigations at the FTC and has built a career in which giant tech companies have advocated bold antitrust laws to curb Silicon Valley’s dominant players. It’s the latest sign that you’re more supportive of the attack.

Established by President Biden Mr. Khan as responsible for FTC Part of increasing administrative efforts to curb corporate power last month.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have proposed in Section 230, a law by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that clarifies who is legally responsible for content on the Internet. We didn’t approve the change. Photo: C-SPAN

FTC must immediately decide whether to file a new antitrust proceeding against Facebook Judge abandoned FTC’s previous complaint As legally inadequate. The judge’s June 28 ruling gave the FTC 30 days to file an amended proceeding, and as the proceedings are approaching deadline, Mr. Khan has a problem of rebuttal in an accelerated timeline. You may be forced to confront.

Kahn Prolific writer on antitrust issuesEspecially because it is related to major technology companies. She previously worked for a progressive antitrust advocacy group and was a key staff member of Congress’s Antitrust Commission, which conducted a 16-month survey of a large online platform, and last year lawmakers suppressed them. We recommended that you take steps to do so.

FTC’s vote in the new Facebook proceedings can be split. The Democratic Party holds a majority of 3 to 2 committees. If Kahn leaves, probably no majority will sue Facebook again. Two Republicans on the committee voted against the FTC’s first proceeding against Facebook in December.

The FTC, along with 46 states, claimed to be involved in illegal monopolies, including the acquisition of other companies such as WhatsApp and Instagram to prevent Facebook from challenging Facebook’s market position. .. The company denied the claim, claiming that the service was so popular with consumers that it competed fairly and was successful.

In last month’s ruling, Judge James Bosburg of the U.S. District Court in Washington dismissed the FTC proceedings at the beginning of the pretrial proceedings, and the FTC did not assert sufficient claims to uphold Facebook’s monopoly claim. Said that. He also said the FTC did not take a valid challenge to Facebook’s policy of refusing to grant interoperability permits to competing apps. The judge gave the Commission 30 days to file a new proceeding seeking a more detailed allegation.

Under the statutory criteria of judicial disqualification, companies seeking disqualification of commissioners on the grounds of prejudice must show that indifferent observers can conclude that the commissioners have already judged both facts and the law prior to the procedure. It will not be.

Kahn first decides how to deal with Facebook’s disqualification request. Past FTC practices have shown that, at least in some situations, the entire committee can be weighted.

The request for disqualification has not been very successful in modern times, but there is an old court ruling that invalidated the FTC’s enforcement measures because the commissioner should be disqualified.

Write to Brent Kendal [email protected]

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