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President Joe Biden’s Executive Order to scrutinise federal agency mergers in Big Tech

Federal agencies are on their toes to scrutinise mergers in big tech by Presidential order. Conceivably it will prioritise data collection, privacy and competition in the economy. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to crack down on big tech firms in the hope of removing capitalism. He said at a signing event on Friday “Capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. its exploitation.”

Alongside Big Tech, corporate consolidation and corporate laws will straighten labour and other industry-wise sectors. Competitive practice is required to thrive in the tech industry. It will affect in a positive way, rather than companies stepping on each other’s toes. The sweeping rules contain 72 direct actions, some of which is open for a subpoena. Dozens of federal agencies are trying to reshape the thinking and agreed to the situation.

Non-Compete Agreements

President Biden is said, from the research carried out by his office, non-compete agreements should be limited gradually. The agreement makes it easier for people to get new jobs and opportunities. The executive orders will be implemented moderately, while some of them are open for debate in court.

The Executive Order is supposed to revamp competition in American Economy. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and The Department of Justice is helping push the cause further by ruling drastic measures. Popular tech giants became too big to control, and they are digesting small businesses at full tilt.

Competition is good and without it, hefty financial goals are not going to match as anticipated. Not everyone has the opportunity to work in large companies but more and more people need jobs. So, the anti-big business sentiment priories to work with the office.

The presidential office wants FTC to adopt rules with big tech such as Alphabet Inc, Inc, Facebook Inc, etc. Though FTC maintains federal regulators of internet commerce, the list can be a tall order.

FTC was formed by congress and trimmed down from the 1970s-the 80s timeline. The regulatory organisation tried to keep up statics as per the rulebook, though online presence grew at an unexpected rate. Some rules blasted and subsections too broke even eventually. This allowed various companies to pop up and take advantage of smaller businesses. The Biden administration seems to have a keen eye to change that.

The signing event took place on Friday, where President Biden talked about the 40 years of experiment as companies are gaining more and more power. This led to small businesses running out before hitting any goals, people not getting paid enough. Overall, below expected and slower economic growth. Now the executive signing agenda seems like a hopeful idea to stop monopoly in the tech sector and abusive actions alongside. The competition is also suited for lower product prices and gaining more profit.

During a briefing on 15th June 1999, the Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates said, the technology companies owe a lot to the light-handed government for their growth. Not only Microsoft but also Facebook came under legal legislation for being involved in the monopoly and collecting an absurd amount of user data.

The rules are already in progress for implementation by FTC. Even ISPs are under the legislation to provide flexibility and choice to customers. The goal of this bill is to make it harder for dominant firms in merging with other companies and sourcing them. Rather the law wants individual firms to thrive and working people get an economical bump.

Big Tech’s data collection policy is getting out of hand and a handful of companies have more people data than the government. Yet we didn't mention cyber threats, which is not uncommon. “In many industries size and scale are important,” said Chamber’s executive vice president Neil Bradly. He is also the chief policy officer and on the side of anti-trust bills set by the government. It may be of relief to smaller companies who are allegedly complaining about the issues.





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