The giants of technology in the eye of a regulator

Les géants des technologies dans l’oeil d’un régulateur

Photo: Damien Meyer Agence France-Presse
The announcement of the Federal Trade Commission comes at a time when intensifying, the United States and around the world, discussions on industry giants such as Google, Facebook or Amazon, accused of being too powerful.

The regulator u.s. commerce will assign a special team to the question of competition in the technology sector, is leaving to challenge mergers already buckled.

The announcement of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) occurs and escalates, the United States and around the world, discussions on industry giants such as Google, Facebook or Amazon, accused of being too powerful. The agency official declined to give names, but indicated that it intended to review past operations, with the key to cancellations or requests for resale of certain activities.

The FTC, which shares with the ministry of Justice the role of the competition authority, will examine “the full range of possible solutions,” said Bruce Hoffman, at the head of the service of competition of the FTC, during a conference call with journalists. When asked about specific cases, like the purchase of Instagram by Facebook in 2012, Mr. Hoffman has refused to answer.

The new “taskforce “of the FTC will include 17 lawyers and will focus, in particular, online advertising (dominated by Google and Facebook), social networks, operating systems, mobile and “apps” (dominated by Android/Google), and generally to ” the economics of platforms “, a concept that applies to most technology companies, recent (social networks and the economy of sharing, type Uber or Airbnb), detailed the FTC.

This announcement, which also occurs in a context marked by the critics, the recurrent american president Donald Trump against Silicon Valley, marks a change for the FTC, which had in 2013 ended an investigation into the dominance of Google in the online search and advertising at the time where the european Commission is investigating a case itself on the record.

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