The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Lina Khan, a prominent critic of the nation’s biggest tech companies, with the Federal Trade Commission, giving her a central position at the investigative agency. antitrust violations, deceptive commercial practices, and loss of data privacy in Silicon Valley.
Lawmakers voted 69-28 to confirm Ms Khan, 32, who first drew attention as a critic of Amazon. The agency is investigating the retail giant and filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook last year.
Ms. Khan will help correct the kind of behavior that has been highlighted for years by critics of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple. She told a Senate committee in April that she was worried about how tech companies could use their power to dominate new markets.
Her appointment is a victory for progressive activists who want Mr Biden to take a hard line against big companies. He also gave a job at the White House to Tim Wu, a law professor who has criticized the power of tech giants.
But Mr. Biden has yet to fill two key positions tasked with regulating the industry. He did not appoint the FTC’s permanent seat or nominate someone to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division.