Monday, March 11, 2019
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has failed to protect consumers in its policing of companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc., Republican Senator Josh Hawley told the agency's chief.
The FTC, which has a mandate to enforce antitrust and consumer protection statutes, has taken a "toothless" approach to these platforms, Hawley wrote in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons dated Monday.
"These companies have harmed consumers by conditioning participation in the modern public square on giving away enormous -- and growing -- amounts of personal information and by leveraging scale to cripple emerging competitors in their infancy," Hawley wrote to Simons.
There is "substantial evidence" that Facebook violated a 2011 agreement with the agency, Hawley said.
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