The now-president-elect has called for the internet industry’s sacred legal liability protections to be revoked, specifically citing Facebook’s handling of election-related misinformation. He turned heads in January when he said bluntly, “I’ve never been a fan of Facebook,” a company whose digital reach helped propel the Obama-Biden ticket to the White House in past elections.
Facebook’s many critics in Washington are expecting that to translate into policy. “Joe Biden’s made clear that he’s going to put working people first, not wealthy corporations like Facebook,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who as chair of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee has proposed a revamp of U.S. antitrust laws, said in a statement.
“Not only am I confident that the Biden administration will not only take action to hold Facebook accountable, I believe we’re on track to implement the antitrust subcommittee’s recommendations for restoring competition in the digital marketplace,” continued Cicilline, who headlined an antitrust fundraiser for Biden during the campaign.