The selection of Leena Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is being seen as a sign of a tough stance towards tech industry giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.
Leena Khan, head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
US President Joe Biden has appointed Pakistan-origin Lina Khan as a regulator of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Leena Khan is recognized as a critic of big tech companies. This decision has been taken at a time when the tech industry is facing constant pressure from Congress, regulators and state attorney generals.
The selection of Pakistani-origin legal scholar Leena Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is being seen as a sign of a tough stance on tech industry giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. The Senate confirmed Khan as one of the five members of the commission with a vote of 69-28. Hours later, Khan was sworn in as FTC chairman. At the same time, Biden had already said in his presidential campaign that his administration is going to work to rein in big tech companies.
Who is Leena Khan?
According to the New York Times, Leena Khan was born in London. At the age of 11, Khan moved to the US with her Pakistani parents. Khan has been a professor at Columbia University Law School and shot to limelight in 2017 for her scholarly work as a Yale Law student. Leena Khan is the youngest president to head the FTC at the age of 32. Leena Khan said that she is very proud to be chosen by President Biden to head the ‘Federal Trade Commission’ (FTC). I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the public from corporate abuse.
Tech companies should be held responsible: Biden
President Joe Biden seems ready to rein in the giant tech companies. The appointment of Leena Khan is a step in this direction. Biden says that their responsibility should be fixed for the activity on the platform of these tech companies. In the campaign for the presidential election, he had said that he is going to make strict rules regarding tech companies. Earlier, Biden has named Tim Wu, a veteran critic of tech companies, as a member of the National Economic Council.
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