""Tech News"" – Google News
Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Justice Department No. 3, said she doubted big tech companies would appreciate her endorsement and had promised to vigorously enforce antitrust law.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmatory hearing for the Democratic President’s nominations for Gupta as Associate Attorney General and Lisa Monaco as Assistant Attorney General, the division’s number 2.
Gupta said she plans to use the full force of U.S. antitrust laws to protect competition.
Gupta would oversee the department’s antitrust division, among other things, if confirmed by the Senate. The department sued Alphabet’s Google last year for alleged antitrust violations and has launched further investigations against large technology companies. Biden has not yet made his nomination as head of the antitrust department.
Gupta was asked during the hearing about her relationships with the big tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Facebook, who are accused of abusing their powerful platforms.
“I’m just going to say that because of my previous involvement with technology companies, I would very much doubt that they would really appreciate my confirmation,” Gupta told the senators.
“My role as a civil rights advocate has been to push the tech companies very hard on a number of issues,” added Gupta. “If I am confirmed as Associate Attorney General, I will use the full force of our country’s antitrust laws to protect competition, which is central to our economy, and protect consumers.”