Google and Facebook, FTC is watching you



Joseph Simons, nominee to serve on the Federal Trade Commission, testifies Wednesday during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee confirmation.

Tom Williams

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Trade Commission told the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday that he’s open to investigating big tech firms like Facebook and Google, should they use their power inappropriately.

John Simons and three other nominees testified Wednesday before a Senate panel ahead of their confirmation. Republicans Christine Wilson and Noah Phillips and Democrat Rohit Chopra, agreed that they’d be willing to regulate big tech companies as well, if they felt it was necessary.

If the commissioners are confirmed by the Senate, the agency will once again be fully…

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