President Joe Biden on Tuesday named Lina Khan as the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, giving the regulatory authority’s top spot to one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent critics.
The surprise move elevating Khan to FTC chair came shortly after the Senate confirmed Khan as a commissioner in a 69-28 vote.
Democrats will now have a majority on the five-member commission, which Khan likely will steer toward more aggressive examination of tech companies’ alleged abuse of monopoly power.
Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Khan leading the FTC is “tremendous news,” saying in a statement that “giant tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon deserve the growing scrutiny they are facing and consolidation is choking off competition across American industries.”
Khan, 32, rapid rise followed a 2017 scholarly paper entitled “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” that she wrote as a law student at Yale University….