Facebook wants FTC chair Lina Khan to recuse herself

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Facebook on Wednesday formally called upon Federal Commerce Fee Chair Lina Khan to recuse herself from antitrust proceedings towards the social media large, saying Khan had primarily predetermined that the corporate violated antitrust regulation.

“Chair Khan has persistently made well-documented statements about Facebook and antitrust issues that might lead any affordable observer to conclude that she has prejudged the Facebook antitrust case introduced by the FTC,” the corporate stated in an announcement reported by Reuters.

The FTC had introduced a lawsuit towards Facebook saying it violated antitrust regulation when it purchased Instagram and WhatsApp, however the case was dismissed by a federal decide late final month, with the courtroom giving the FTC 30 days to amend the swimsuit and refile.

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The company is led by three Democrats, together with Khan, and two Republicans, and the Republicans beforehand voted towards suing Facebook. If Khan recuses herself, it’s seemingly the Democrats received’t get the bulk vote they want to proceed with the swimsuit.

Amazon similarly called for Khan to recuse herself from antitrust investigations of the corporate shortly after she was appointed by President Joe Biden final month.

Khan, who can also be a professor at Columbia Legislation Faculty, has criticized huge tech firms no less than since her days in regulation college. She additionally beforehand served as authorized counsel to a Home antitrust subcommittee that probed monopoly energy within the tech business and labored for the Open Markets Institute, which says it “works to handle threats to our democracy, particular person liberties, and our nationwide safety from right now’s unprecedented ranges of company focus and monopoly energy.”

We reached out to the FTC for remark and can replace this publish if we hear again.

It’s unclear whether or not the recusal requests will succeed. At her affirmation hearings, CNBC studies, Khan had said she didn’t consider her earlier work would require her to step except for probes of huge tech firms.

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